Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

high-and-mighty

Definition:(adjective) Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power.
Synonyms:autocratic, bossy, peremptory, magisterial, dominating
Usage: Mr. Smith's high-and-mighty demeanor made him very unpopular with his employees, who did not appreciate his domineering managerial style.
Article of the Day

"They Shall Not Pass!"

The phrase "they shall not pass" has been used in several languages to express fortitude in defending a position against the enemy. Its most famous use was by French General Robert Nivelle in World War I during the Battle of Verdun. The Spanish "no pasarán" became an international communist slogan after it was used in 1936 by an antifascist leader in Spain defending against nationalist forces laying siege to Madrid. How did the nationalist leader allegedly respond upon taking the city? More...
This Day in History

Synthesis of Californium Announced (1950)

The sixth transuranium element to be synthesized, californium is an artificially produced, radioactive metallic chemical element. A member of the actinide series of elements, it has isotopes with half-lives ranging from about 40 seconds to 900 years. One isotope, californium-252, is used as a neutron source in nuclear reactors. Which four scientists first produced californium in a cyclotron at the University of California at Berkeley? More...
Today's Birthday

John Wayne Gacy (1942)

Gacy was an American serial killer who was convicted and later executed for murdering 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy buried dozens of his victims in a crawl space under the floor of his house and threw several others in a nearby river. Known as the "Killer Clown," he often performed as a clown at local parties and even had drinks at a local bar while in costume on a few occasions. Gacy took up painting while on death row. What motif appeared in many of his art works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

cloud the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia) (2016)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the US, held since 1824 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession was recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today, the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. More...
In the News

Young Combat Veterans More Prone to Violence

While members of the armed forces are less likely to break the law than the general population, their rate of violent offense is sharply higher. This is particularly true for veterans under age 30, those who served in combat roles, and those who experienced a traumatic event while deployed. There are many factors, both war-related and not, that contribute to this trend. The single greatest risk factor was found to be a history of violent offending predating military service, but post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, and other mental health problems brought on by the combat experience play a role as well. More...
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