Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

tatterdemalion

Definition:(noun) A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing.
Synonyms:ragamuffin
Usage: It was a crew of tatterdemalions that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Article of the Day

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision devices (NVDs) are optical instruments that allow for vision in the dark by detecting visible and infrared energy and providing a visible image. Although they are available to civilians, goggles and other NVDs are typically used by law enforcement agencies and the military. Introduced in the 20th century, NVDs have been used widely since the Vietnam War. They also played a key role in Operation Neptune Spear—the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What was the “snooperscope”? More...
This Day in History

The Barber of Seville's Disastrous Debut (1816)

In 1816, Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini produced The Barber of Seville, based on the comedy by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais. Though Rossini created much of the opera's music in just weeks, it resounds with his brilliant arias, ensemble numbers, and famous crescendos. Still, several on-stage accidents and constant jeers from the audience, likely spurred by supporters of one of Rossini's rivals, made its debut in Rome a disaster. What happened during the second performance? More...
Today's Birthday

Kurt Cobain (1967)

Cobain formed the rock trio Nirvana in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1986. The group's second album, Nevermind, featured the iconic hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and was the first punk-oriented album to achieve popularity with a mainstream audience. However, Cobain railed against his fame in Nirvana's next album, In Utero. Known for his self-destructive behavior and heroin use, he committed suicide in 1994. What tribute to Cobain is featured on a sign in his hometown? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

funny feeling

An intuition or premonition about something; a sense of foreknowledge about a situation, condition, or set of circumstances. More...
Today's Holiday

Second Week of Lent

It wasn't until the 9th century that the Lenten season, called the Great Lent in the East to differentiate it from the Advent fast called Little Lent, was fixed at 40 days (with Sundays omitted). For centuries, the Lenten season has been observed with certain periods of strict fasting, as well as giving up something—a favorite food or other worldly pleasure—for the 40 days of Lent. Celebrations such as Carnival and Mardi Gras offered Christians their last opportunities to indulge before the rigorous Lenten restrictions. More...
In the News

University Accidentally Accepts, then Rejects, Hundreds

Roughly 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University's graduate program in computer science received word this week of their acceptance into the program, one of the country's elite—only to find out the next day that the acceptance emails had been sent in error. A spokesman for the school attributed the error to "serious mistakes" in the school's system. Mishaps with acceptance letters have become all too common in recent years, perhaps most notoriously at the University of California at San Diego, which in 2009 sent acceptance emails to all 46,000 applicants. More...
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