Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

perquisite

Definition:(noun) A payment or profit received in addition to a regular wage or salary, especially a benefit expected as one's due.
Synonyms:fringe benefit, perk
Usage: We had promised her a liberal perquisite in the event of our success.
Article of the Day

Sumer

The Sumerian civilization was the world's earliest civilization, developing at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in lower Mesopotamia in about 3500 BCE. The Sumerians had a well-organized communal life and were adept at building canals and irrigation systems. Unfortunately, the evaporation of irrigated waters led to increased soil salinity and greatly reduced agricultural yields, weakening the predominantly agricultural civilization. What form of writing did the Sumerians invent? More...
This Day in History

Gustav III of Sweden Dies of Infected Gunshot Wound (1792)

Gustav III was King of Sweden from 1771 to 1792. Having inherited a weakened Swedish throne, he established a new constitution that increased the crown's power. His numerous enlightened reforms antagonized the nobility, and when a group of Swedish officers mutinied during his unpopular war on Russia, he reinstated absolute monarchy. Gustav planned to form a league of European monarchs to oppose the French Revolution, but Swedish nobles had him assassinated. Where was Gustav when he was shot? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Jünger (1895)

Early in his career, Jünger, a German writer and WWI veteran, published novels based on his army experience. Strongly influenced by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, they glorified war and its sacrifice as the greatest physical and mental stimulants. He later opposed Hitler and rejected his own militarism, expressing instead a desire for peace in his wartime diaries and in futuristic novels like On the Marble Cliffs, an allegorical attack on Nazism. What is Jünger's best known work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

come close to blows

To nearly devolve into a physical fight. More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Martyrs' Day (2016)

Madagascar Martyrs' Day memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Madagascar had been a French colony since 1896 and then was named an overseas territory within the French Union in the 1946 constitution. On March 29, 1947, the people staged a nationalist uprising against colonial forces. Casualties from the conflict were reported as high as 80,000. French military courts tried the leaders of the revolt and executed 20 of them. On March 29, the Malagasy government and people remember those patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country's freedom. More...
In the News

You Asked: How Often Should I Shower?

Probably a lot less than you do now—but you may want to start washing your clothes more. Some people don't feel clean without a long hot shower. But is a daily shower necessary—or even healthy? “I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons," says ... More...
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