Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

nitty-gritty

Definition:(noun) The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience.
Synonyms:essence, heart and soul, inwardness, gist, pith, substance, meat, nub, kernel, sum, core, marrow, center
Usage: While I will devote some time to Thomas Edison's personal life, his many inventions will compose the nitty-gritty of my presentation.
Article of the Day

Thuggee

Thuggee was a historic form of organized crime that existed in India for centuries before its extinction in the mid-1800s. Because early travel was so dangerous, travelers typically undertook long-distance journeys in groups for protection. In India, members of a highly organized professional fraternity of robbers would pose as innocent wayfarers in order to join a group of travelers, only to strangle and rob the entire group at night. Through what means did Thuggee society acquire new members? More...
This Day in History

Adolf Eichmann Found Guilty of War Crimes (1961)

Adolf Eichmann was a high-ranking Nazi official who oversaw the maltreatment, deportation, and murder of millions of Jews during World War II. He promoted the use of gas chambers for the mass extermination of Jews in concentration camps and is considered to be largely responsible for the logistics of the Final Solution, which was the Nazi policy to exterminate millions of people. At the end of World War II, Eichmann went into hiding. How was he captured? More...
Today's Birthday

Annie Jump Cannon (1863)

Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work is still in use and serves as the basis for modern theoretical understanding of stellar evolution. In 1897, she became an assistant in the Harvard College Observatory, where she later served as astronomer and curator of astronomical photographs. Recognizing that the spectra of many stars had been photographed in the second half of the 19th century, Cannon classified more than 500,000 stars. What celestial feature is named for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Why are women...so much more interesting to men than men are to women?

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Republic Day (2015)

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More...
In the News

Vienna Bus Driver Proves He Has Heart of Gold

The news nowadays is often filled with tales of despicable people doing dastardly deeds, but this is not one of those stories. Instead, this is a heartwarming tale of honesty and integrity. It all began when Austrian bus driver Wolfgang R, inspecting his vehicle at the end of its route, came across a bag that had been left behind by a passenger. He initially assumed that it contained medicine or shopping and was shocked to find it instead stuffed with 390,000 euros ($509,700). Rather than pocket the cash, the honest driver alerted authorities, who were able to track down the 77-year-old owner and return what turned out to be her life savings. More...
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