Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

twaddle

Definition:(verb) Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly.
Synonyms:blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, gabble, gibber, clack, maunder, chatter
Usage: The two teens twaddled about what they had eaten for lunch that day until the teacher tersely told them to pay attention.
Article of the Day

Society of United Irishmen

Founded in Belfast in 1791 by Theobald Wolfe Tone—who was frustrated by the use of the English patronage to control Irish politics—the Society of United Irishmen was ostensibly dedicated to legislative reform. From the outset, however, it harbored an undercurrent of revolutionary sentiment encouraged by the French Revolution. The movement spread rapidly throughout Ireland and was forced underground in 1794. Eventually, it sparked a rebellion. Tone escaped hanging by taking what extreme measure? More...
This Day in History

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace (1969)

Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal. What hit song did they record during the second Bed-In? More...
Today's Birthday

Béla Bartók (1881)

Bartók was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, and collector of folk music. In 1904, having discovered that the folk-music repertory generally accepted as Hungarian was in fact largely urban Roma—Gypsy—music, he set about researching Hungarian folk music. He worked folk themes and rhythms into his own music, achieving a style that was at once nationalistic and deeply personal. What surprising discoveries did he make in his study of folk music? More...
Quotation of the Day
Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

castles in the sky

Dreams, hopes, or plans that are impossible, unrealistic, or have very little chance of succeeding. More...
Today's Holiday

Greece Independence Day (2016)

This national holiday in Greece celebrates the anniversary of the country's proclamation of independence in 1821 after four centuries of Turkish occupation. The war that followed went on until 1829, when finally the Turkish sultan recognized the independence of Greece. The day is marked with church services and military parades—an especially impressive parade is held in Athens. Greek communities in other parts of the world also observe the day. In New York City, Greece Independence Day is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to March 25 with a parade up Fifth Avenue. More...
In the News

Crash Risk Cut in Coffee-Drinking Truckers

Driving when tired is unquestionably dangerous, but when one's livelihood hangs in the balance, it is sometimes difficult to do the responsible thing and pull over. Still, about 70 percent of the truckers surveyed in a recent Australian study said that they do just that when they feel fatigued. Drinking coffee or other caffeine-containing beverages is another, though likely less effective, way to boost alertness behind the wheel and reduce crash risk. Researchers found that truckers who consumed caffeine to keep from dozing while driving were 63 percent less likely to have an accident than those who did not. More...
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