Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

thaumaturge

Definition:(noun) One who practices magic or sorcery.
Synonyms:necromancer, sorcerer, wizard, magician
Usage: The self-proclaimed thaumaturge bowed to his audience before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Article of the Day

Pulp Magazines

Pulp magazines were popular, inexpensive fiction magazines published from the late 19th century through the 1950s, primarily in the US. Printed on cheap paper with ragged, untrimmed edges, "pulps" were cheaper than books or standard magazines. While many respected, now-famous authors wrote for pulps, the magazines were known for their lurid, exploitative stories and sensational cover art, often featuring scantily-clad women. What famous masked hero made his rapier-toting debut in pulp magazines? More...
This Day in History

The "Miracle on Ice" (1980)

Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players. Who scored the decisive goal in the game, allowing the US to go on to the gold-medal game against Finland? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)

An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers. Schopenhauer was heavily influenced by what Hindu texts? More...
Quotation of the Day
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

a good voice to beg bacon

Used to mock someone's voice as being strange, unpleasant, or inadequate (e.g., for singing). Bacon, being a dietary staple in older times, was often used as a metaphor for financial stability or wealth; having the voice of one who must "beg bacon," then, means having a harsh voice, like someone who is undernourished. More...
Today's Holiday

Taeborum

Taeborum marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in Korea. The day is regarded as the final opportunity to ensure good luck for the coming year; it is considered lucky on this day for people to routinely repeat their actions nine times—particularly children, who compete to see how many "lucky nines" they can achieve before the day is over. Another popular sport is the tug-of-war. In some areas, an entire town or county is divided into opposing teams. It is widely believed that the winners will bring in a plentiful crop and will be protected from disease in the coming year. More...
In the News

US Apologizes for Qur'an Burning

The US military is facing intense criticism in Afghanistan for burning copies of the Qur'an on an American airbase near Bagram. According to US sources, the copies of the Qur'an, along with other Islamic texts, were inadvertently sent for incineration after military officials discovered that prisoners were using them to pass extremist messages to one another. Afghan laborers on the base noticed the burning Qur'ans and tried to recover them. US and NATO officials have issued apologies and stated that steps will be taken to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again, but the incident has no doubt dealt a heavy blow to already strained US-Afghan relations. More...
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