Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 02, 2015)
Word of the Day

discomfit

Definition:(verb) To make uneasy or perplexed; disconcert.
Synonyms:discompose, untune, upset, disconcert
Usage: Her extreme candor would often discomfit strangers who suddenly found themselves privy to her most private thoughts.
Article of the Day

La Tomatina

Approximately 30,000 people participate in La Tomatina, an annual festival held on the last Wednesday in August in the Spanish town of Buñol. A weeklong festival features music, parades, dancing, and fireworks, but it is the tomato fight that draws the crowds. During the battle, more than 100 metric tons of overripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets. Participants must follow certain safety guidelines during the event, and wearing goggles is recommended. When does the tomato throwing begin? More...
This Day in History

John Brown Hanged for Raid on Harpers Ferry (1859)

Brown was a radical US abolitionist who advocated armed action to end slavery. He and his supporters murdered five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, and three years later he tried to start an armed liberation movement among slaves by seizing the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, intending to arm local slaves with its weapons. His small force was soon overpowered, and Brown was captured, tried for treason, convicted, and hanged. What went wrong during the raid? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Dix (1891)

A German painter and printmaker, Dix fought in World War I and returned haunted by what he had witnessed. After experimenting with Impressionism and Dada, he arrived at Expressionism and began producing works depicting nightmarish scenes of the horrors of war and the depravities of a decadent society. His antimilitary works aroused the wrath of the Nazi regime and he was dismissed from his academic posts in 1933. On what charges was he arrested in 1939? More...
Quotation of the Day
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Gospel Day (2016)

Gospel Day in the Marshall Islands is similar to Thanksgiving day in the US. The Marshallese people attend church on this day to commemorate the first missionaries who brought the light of God to the Marshall Islands. The largest church in the Marshall Islands is the United Church of Christ; however, many other Protestant denominations have churches in the Marshall Islands, including Assembly of God, Baptist, and Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, the Catholic Church has established a strong presence in the islands. More...
In the News

Historic summit on gene editing and 'designer babies' convenes

Don't look now, but the future just pulled into town. Hundreds of scientists, policymakers and the president's science adviser have gathered Tuesday in Washington for what will be a three-day summit on genetic engineering, with a focus on a new ... More...
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