Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

disaffect

Definition:(verb) Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness.
Synonyms:alienate, estrange
Usage: She loved him, but the sweaty gym clothes he left behind every time he borrowed her car began to seriously disaffect her.
Article of the Day

Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich was an English mystic who began reporting visions of Jesus during a serious illness. After recovering in 1373, she wrote accounts of her experience. Her Revelations of Divine Love is remarkable for its clarity, beauty, and profundity and is believed to be the first book written in English by a woman. Though Julian lived in a time of plagues and peasant revolts, her theology was optimistic and focused on God's compassionate love. What was her most controversial belief? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Iwo Jima Begins (1945)

The island of Iwo Jima is only 8 sq mi (21 sq km) in area, but when US forces attacked the Japanese air base there during WWII, it became the site of one of the most severe campaigns of the war. More than 21,000 Japanese troops and nearly 7,000 Americans died in the clashes. A photograph of US marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi has since become one of the most famous images of the war. What was the US operation in Iwo Jima called? More...
Today's Birthday

André Breton (1896)

Breton was a French writer, critic, and editor. In 1919, he helped found the Dadaist review Littérature. Influenced by psychiatry and the Symbolist movement, he wrote poetry using the automatic-writing technique. In 1924, his Manifeste du surréalismeSurrealist Manifesto—provided a definition of Surrealism as "pure psychic automatism." In 1938, he penned the manifesto Pour un art révolutionnaire indépendant with what one-time commander of the Red Army? More...
Quotation of the Day
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

a free bit of advice

A suggestion, opinion, or piece of advice that was unrequested or unsolicited by the recipient. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 AM, the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

Silk Road 2 Hacked, $2.7 Million Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace where users paid in bitcoins and the goods were often illegal, was seized and shut down by the FBI in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Silk Road 2 came online and trade resumed. Last week, the site's administrator announced that hackers had exploited a newly discovered vulnerability in Bitcoin protocol and emptied Silk Road 2's coffers—withdrawing the equivalent of $2.7 million from customers' accounts. Not everyone believes the administrator's account of events; some speculate that he saw an opportunity when the vulnerability came to light and stole the money knowing he could blame the theft on hackers. More...
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