Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 02, 2015)
Word of the Day

temerity

Definition:(noun) Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.
Synonyms:audaciousness, audacity
Usage: Everyone was shocked at her temerity in addressing the king in such a manner.
Article of the Day

Filibusters

A filibuster is an obstructionist tactic used in legislative assemblies. It is particularly associated with the US Senate, where the tradition of unlimited debate is strong, and it has been used by conservatives and liberals for very different purposes. It was not until 1917 that the Senate provided for cloture—or ending of the debate—by a vote of two-thirds of the Senators present. Yet, despite many attempts, cloture has been applied only rarely. What is the etymology of the term "filibuster"? More...
This Day in History

Alexander Selkirk Rescued after Four Years Stranded on a Desert Island (1709)

Selkirk was an unruly Scottish sailor who quarreled with his captain and asked to be put ashore on an island in the Pacific. Tired of Selkirk's troublemaking, the captain granted him his wish. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision and chased after the boat, but to no avail. He survived on the desert island by eating shellfish and goats and domesticated feral cats to keep himself safe from rats. When he was rescued four years later, his story became the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

James Joyce (1882)

Joyce was an Irish novelist—perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. After publishing his story collection, The Dubliners, and the autobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he spent seven years writing Ulysses, which is now widely regarded by many as the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. It embodies a highly experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods such as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. More...
Today's Holiday

Candelaria (Bolivia)

Candelaria, or Candlemas, is a major holiday in Bolivia, where the Virgen de Candelaria is the country's patroness. The festivities focus on her shrine in the normally placid town of Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, where visitors begin to arrive in the week that precedes the festival. Aymará, Quechua, and Chiriwano Indians can be recognized by their colorful native costumes and musical instruments, and most begin dancing as soon as they arrive and continue till the end of the festival. More...
In the News

NASA: Commercial Space Flights Will Save Millions

Contracting private space flight companies Boeing and SpaceX to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will save NASA $12 million per person per flight, the US space agency announced last week. Since retiring its space shuttles in 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian space agency Roscosmos to transport US astronauts to the ISS at a cost of $70 million a head. The need for that taxi service could end as early as 2017, however, with the private flights estimated to cost $58 million per person. More...
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