Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 20, 2014)
Word of the Day

jabber

Definition:(verb) Talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner.
Synonyms:mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout
Usage: The instant I walked through the door, my sister began to jabber about her latest preteen crisis—something to do with wearing the wrong color of nail polish to school on a Wednesday.
Article of the Day

White Tigers

With their striking coloration, white tigers are popular attractions at zoos and in other forms of entertainment that showcase exotic animals. Their white coats can be pure white, but more often they have dark stripes. Though these tigers seem exotic, they are not their own subspecies. Rather, they are a selectively bred mutant form of normal orange tigers. Because of the extreme rarity of the white tiger allele, white tigers are often inbred, which leads to what health problems? More...
This Day in History

Dutch East India Company Established (1602)

Chartered by the parliament of the Netherlands to expand trade and assure close ties between the government and its colonial enterprises in Asia, the Dutch East India Company was the world's first multinational corporation. It had quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, and wrested control of the Spice Islands trade from Portugal. However, it was plagued by corruption and insolvency in the late 18th century and was dissolved. What issues contributed to its decline? More...
Today's Birthday

Henrik Ibsen (1828)

Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, is considered the father of modern theater. Emphasizing character over plot, he explored psychological conflicts stemming from frustrated love and destructive family relationships, and he addressed social problems such as political corruption and the changing role of women. Many considered his plays scandalous, but he earned a worldwide audience with powerful studies of middle-class morality, such as A Doll's House. What, allegedly, were Ibsen's last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
War I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole Dark butchery without a soul.

Richard le Gallienne (1866-1947)

Idiom of the Day

amateur hour

A result, activity, task, or situation characterized by unprofessional, talentless, or careless performance(s). The term likely originates from or refers to The Original Amateur Hour, a radio and television talent program in the US that ran from the 1930s through the 1970s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day

Independence Day is a public holiday in Tunisia commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
In the News

Possessions Weigh on the Elderly

As we age, we tend to accumulate more and more material possessions, and it becomes harder and harder to let them go. Though the majority of people in their 70s believe they have too many material things, they are reluctant to sell or give away any of their belongings. While this may seem like a minor issue, having too much stuff can deter older adults from moving to a smaller, more manageable home or one better suited to their needs. More...
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