Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

condolence

Definition:(noun) An expression of sympathy with another's grief.
Synonyms:commiseration
Usage: I hoped that my words of condolence would offer the grieving family some comfort.
Article of the Day

Argumentum ad Ignorantiam

Argument from ignorance is an informal logical fallacy that asserts that an argument is necessarily true because it has not been proven false or vice versa. Instead of providing evidence to support a claim, the argument simply demonstrates that others cannot provide evidence to the contrary. For example, to say that ghosts exist because no one has proven otherwise would be a case of argumentum ad ignorantiam. Usually trickery, this argument is used in what highly esteemed legal principle? More...
This Day in History

The February 26 Incident (1936)

The February 26 Incident was an attempted military coup in Japan launched by a radical faction of the Imperial Japanese Army that sought to stamp out corruption and poverty in rural Japan by assassinating certain elder statesmen. Before the coup was suppressed, the rebels managed to briefly occupy the center of Tokyo and kill several leading politicians, including the finance minister. The prime minister, however, survived thanks to a case of mistaken identity. Who was killed in his place? More...
Today's Birthday

Victor-Marie Hugo (1802)

Hugo was a French poet, dramatist, and novelist. The son of a general, he was an accomplished poet before age 20. With his verse drama Cromwell in 1827, he emerged as an important figure in Romanticism. His best-known novels are The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an evocation of medieval life, and Les Misérables, the story of the convict Jean Valjean. Their immense popularity made him the most successful writer in the world at that time. Why was Hugo forced into exile in 1851? More...
Quotation of the Day
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

air rage

Sudden, unruly, and often violently aggressive behavior of a passenger aboard an airplane, generally while in the air, which puts the safety of other passengers, the crew, or the airplane at risk. The term is modeled on "road rage," which is the equivalent behavior in relation to driving. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de los Vaqueros

This weeklong event in Tucson, Arizona, features the "world's longest non-motorized parade" and the largest outdoor midwinter rodeo in the US. The fiesta starts with the parade—a two-mile-long procession of more than 200 entries, including old horse-drawn vehicles such as buckboards, surreys, and Conestoga wagons. The eight days of rodeo include the standard events, as well as daily Mutton Bustin' contests. In these, four- to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep. There are also demonstrations by the Quadrille de Mujeres, a women's precision-riding team. More...
In the News

"Defriending" on the Rise as Users Focus on Privacy

A recent poll of social networking site users reveals that they are taking a more active role in managing their accounts and protecting their privacy on these sites. More than half of those surveyed had restricted access to their profile to "friends" only, and about two-thirds had at some point removed people from their lists of friends. More users are also editing the information that others post in relation to them, removing their names from photos tagged to identify them and deleting comments posted on their profile pages by other users. More...
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