Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

insupportable

Definition:(adjective) Incapable of being justified or explained.
Synonyms:unwarrantable, indefensible
Usage: No matter how hard the candidate's aides tried, they could not spin his insupportable comments.
Article of the Day

The Tsavo Man-Eaters

Lions do not usually hunt humans. For nine months in 1898, however, two lions terrorized construction crews who were building a bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya, repeatedly stalking, attacking, and eating the workers. Some victims were dragged from their tents at night. The workers fled and construction was halted until Lt. Col. John H. Patterson—who was in charge of the bridge project—tracked down the lions and shot them. By Patterson's account, how many people had the lions killed? More...
This Day in History

German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919)

Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the new Bavarian republic. In February 1919, Eisner was assassinated while on his way to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrés Segovia (1893)

Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring internationally. He continued to perform into his 90s. Which composers wrote works just for Segovia? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

good omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of good fortune or a propitious outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feralia

This ancient Roman festival marked the culmination of a week-long celebration in honor of the manes, spirits of the dead. It began on February 13 with the Parentalia, a private celebration in honor of deceased family members, and ended on February 21 with a public celebration known as the Feralia. This was the day on which offerings and gifts were placed on the graves of the deceased and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated. The Feralia was similar to the later Christian holiday, All Souls' Day. More...
In the News

Bulgarian Government Resigns

After weeks of protests against rising power prices, worsening living standards, and alleged government corruption, Bulgarian demonstrators have succeeded in toppling their country's government. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov had at first tried to appease the people by promising to cut electricity prices and possibly revoke foreign-owned power companies' distribution licenses, but when protests turned violent on Tuesday, he decided to step down. On Wednesday, Borisov submitted his government's resignation, explaining that he would not "participate in a government under which police are beating people." More...
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