Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

skimpy

Definition:(adjective) Containing little excess.
Synonyms:lean
Usage: When the car repairs maxed out my already skimpy budget, I knew my shopping days were over.
Article of the Day

Bushido

Bushido, which means "way of the warrior," is a code of conduct of the Japanese samurai class. Along with self-discipline, honor, and austerity, the code emphasized the samurai's obligation to his lord, which superseded even familial ties. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 effectively ended feudalism and returned power to the emperor, the samurai's obligation of loyalty and sacrifice shifted, becoming the basis for the cult of emperor worship. What is hara-kiri? 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
Egotist, n.: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Belgian Fries May Become Official Cultural Treasure

Belgian potato fries are poised to join the likes of Argentinian tango and Turkish coffee. Fry-selling establishments—called fritkots—are extremely common throughout Belgium, and Belgian fries could eventually join 314 other items recognized by UNESCO, the cultural branch of the United Nations, as an official piece of cultural heritage. The government of the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders already deems Belgian fries a key part of national culture, and Belgium's French and German-speaking communities are expected to debate the issue next year. More...
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