Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

preachment

Definition:(noun) A tiresome or unwelcome moral lecture or discourse; tedious sermonizing.
Synonyms:homily
Usage: Don't torment me with your preachments now, unless you want to kill me outright.
Article of the Day

Biomes

A biome is a large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct geographic region. Terrestrial biomes, typically defined by their climate and dominant vegetation, include grassland, tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and deciduous and coniferous forests. The two basic aquatic biomes, freshwater and marine, can be further broken down into categories such as lakes and rivers or pelagic, benthic, and intertidal zones. At what latitudes does biodiversity generally increase? 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
I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

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 (2016)

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

The Radical Plan to Destroy Time Zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating ... More...
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