Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

belligerence

Definition:(noun) A hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination.
Synonyms:pugnacity, aggressiveness
Usage: The little lawyer glared at me a moment, and then the belligerence faded out of his face.
Article of the Day

The Arrow of Time

Time is not perfectly symmetrical—if it were, a video of real events would seem realistic whether played forward or backward. British astronomer Arthur Eddington explored time's perpetually forward motion with his "arrow of time" concept, developed around 1927. The arrow of time explains why humans have the sense that time is continuously moving from the known past to the unknown future. Though the future always seems to be something that one is moving toward, what is it really? More...
This Day in History

Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)

Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR's most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More...
Today's Birthday

Yoko Ono (1933)

Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) to do

To have some task or action that one must complete or undertake. More...
Today's Holiday

Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri (2017)

Hadaka Matsuri means, literally, "naked festival". The young men who participate are naked except for traditional white loincloths known as fundoshi. Sometimes the participants in Hadaka Matsuri immerse themselves in a river beforehand to purify themselves. Occasionally several semi-naked young men will carry a mikoshi, or portable shrine, in the form of a horse, rice bale, or sake barrel into the river with them. More...
In the News

Plain Cigarette Packaging Prompts Smokers to Call Quitlines

In October 2012, Australia introduced plain, olive green packaging for cigarettes that prominently feature a smoking-cessation helpline number, and the effort to curb the appeal of cigarettes appears to be working. Within a month of the redesigned packages reaching store shelves, calls to territorial quitlines spiked 78 percent. Six years earlier, Australia introduced cigarette packaging with bold health warnings and graphic medical images of cancerous lungs and gangrenous limbs. This was also associated with a spike in calls to quitlines, but the effect lasted only 20 weeks. The effect of the new, plain packaging is estimated at more than twice this. More...
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