Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

bamboozle

Definition:(verb) To take in by elaborate methods of deceit.
Synonyms:lead by the nose, play false, snow, hoodwink
Usage: I don't know how he did it, but Johnny managed to bamboozle me into swapping my pudding for his carrot sticks.
Article of the Day

The Komos

The komos was a ritualistic drunken procession performed by revelers—called komasts—in ancient Greece at events like weddings and feasts. Though its precise nature can only be guessed from its depiction in vase paintings, scholars have determined that the komos is separate from two similar processions: the formal pompe and the scripted chorus, which, unlike the komos, had a leader. The komos featured music and dancing, and komasts might have carried torches and worn what? More...
This Day in History

The Nanking Massacre (1937)

Upon capturing the city of Nanking, which had been the Nationalist Chinese capital, Japanese forces under orders to destroy the city proceeded to kill and rape the Chinese residents on a mass scale. Tens of thousands were raped and between 100,000 and 300,000 are estimated to have been killed during the Nanking Massacre. The tense relations between the two nations into the 21st century is, in part, due to the brutality of Japanese troops during this time. What happened to those responsible? More...
Today's Birthday

Dick Van Dyke (1925)

After appearing in television variety shows during the 1950s, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut and earned his first Tony Award starring in Bye, Bye Birdie. He won several Emmy Awards for the successful television comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show and also danced and sang in the films Mary Poppins and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Van Dyke appeared infrequently during the 80s but made a career comeback with what dramatic TV series that co-starred his son? More...
Quotation of the Day
The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind, as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world, to the sole disposal of a magistrate.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Today's Holiday

Susuharai (2015)

In Japan, many people choose to give their houses a thorough cleaning at year's end. Worn or broken furniture and utensils and items that have been lost are replaced. New tatami mats, the thick straw mats on which people sit and sleep, are brought in, and damage to the paper sliding doors in traditional Japanese houses is repaired. In some areas, it is customary to tie pounded rice cakes (mochi-bana, "rice-cake flowers") to the branches of willow trees as an offering to the gods. Friends and co-workers may also throw "year-end forgetting parties" known as bonen-kai. More...
In the News

Satellites Find Coldest Spot on Earth

Scientists say a new record cold temperature on Earth has been recorded. On August 10, 2010, a spot in Antarctica dropped to a bitterly cold -135.8° F (-93.2° C). Previously, the coldest recorded temperature on Earth was -128.6° F (-89.2° C), a reading taken on July 21, 1983, at Russia's Vostok Station in Antarctica. The 2010 measurement was taken by satellite and, researchers say, is actually a preliminary figure. They expect that further examination of the data will yield a slightly colder final temperature reading. More...
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