Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

enrapture

Definition:(verb) To fill with delight.
Synonyms:enchant, enthrall, ravish, transport
Usage: The Harry Potter books have enraptured millions of young readers.
Article of the Day

Noblesse Oblige

The French phrase noblesse oblige means "nobility obliges" and implies that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. The phrase has been more broadly used to describe the motivation of those who help the less fortunate. The concept has been referenced by diverse authors through the centuries, including Homer, Honoré de Balzac, and William Faulkner, and has even been cited in modern legal writings. What Disney movie directly references noblesse oblige in one of its songs? More...
This Day in History

Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat Share Nobel Peace Prize (1978)

In 1978, a historic peace summit was held between Israel and Egypt at the US presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland. Now known as the Camp David Accords, the pact was signed in 1979 by Begin, the Israeli prime minister, and Sadat, the Egyptian president—who shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts—with US President Jimmy Carter as a witness. Under the pact, which was denounced by other Arab states, Israel agreed to return the Sinai to Egypt. What happened after the accord was signed? More...
Today's Birthday

Melvil Dewey (1851)

In 1876, while working as a college librarian, Dewey developed a decimal-based system for organizing the contents of a library by subject category, indicated by a three-digit numeral, with further specification expressed by numerals following a decimal point. He established the first library training school and the American Library Association and is also credited with inventing the vertical office file. A cofounder of the Spelling Reform Association, Dewey respelled his own name in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Terrible emotions always do sound foolish when we put them into our inadequate words. They are not meant to be spoken—only felt and endured.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

Thailand Constitution Day (2015)

In 1932, Thailand's absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional monarchy. King Rama VII oversaw the transfer of power. Under the newly instituted constitution of that time, the monarchy remained in place and the king was designated the head of state. Thailand has had a series of 18 constitutions or charters since 1932, the latest one being adopted in 2007. Each has allowed for a constitutional monarchy with greater or lesser power. Celebrations on Constitution Day involve the people thanking the monarchy for granting them a chance to take part in running the country. More...
In the News

Parents Planning to Fly with Children, Take Note

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, many are girding themselves for the stresses of travel that lie ahead. Those flying somewhere will have to contend with the usual airport frustrations—delayed and cancelled flights—as well as crowded planes and annoying passengers. Interestingly, American travelers in a recent survey by online travel site Expedia.com ranked the "Inattentive Parent" the most annoying type of traveler with whom to share a flight, ahead of the "Rear Seat Kicker," the "Aromatic Passenger," and the "Boozer." More...
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