Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

sleight

Definition:(noun) Adroitness in using the hands.
Synonyms:dexterity
Usage: Only through his unequaled sleight can the juggler manage to keep eight chainsaws safely aloft.
Article of the Day

The California Gold Rush

California owes its statehood in part to the thousands of men who feverishly migrated to northern California to make "easy money" by finding nuggets of gold. Most of them, however, found barely enough gold to pay for daily expenses and had to seek work on projects like the Panama Railway. The California Gold Rush is generally considered to have ended in 1858. What American football team takes its name from the prospectors of this period? More...
This Day in History

Apple Inc. Is Formed (1976)

Apple Computer, Inc., was the first successful personal computer company. The company has its roots in the Jobs family's garage, where cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak assembled the first Apple computer. Consisting of a handmade motherboard, the Apple I did not even include a monitor or keyboard. The Apple II, introduced the next year with a plastic case and color graphics, launched Apple to success. By 1980, Apple had earned more than $100 million. How much did an Apple I cost in 1976? More...
Today's Birthday

Lon Chaney (1883)

Chaney was an American silent-film actor. Born to parents who were both deaf and mute, he learned to express himself through pantomime at an early age. He moved to Hollywood in 1912 and became one of the biggest stars of the time, appearing in more than 150 silent films. Known as "the man of a thousand faces," he masterfully used makeup to play tortured, grotesque characters in horror films such as The Phantom of the Opera. How did fake snow made of corn flakes contribute to his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

I see what you did there

An expression used to acknowledge that one understands a joke made by someone else, and to either show appreciation or a lack thereof for the wit employed. More...
Today's Holiday

April Fools' Day (2017)

There are many names for this day, just as there are many practical jokes to play on the unsuspecting. The simplest pranks usually involve children who, for example, tell each other that their shoelaces are undone and then cry "April Fool!" when the victims glance at their feet. Sometimes the media broadcast fictitious news items; British television, for example, once showed Italian farmers "harvesting" spaghetti from trees. The French call it Fooling the April Fish Day (the fool being the poisson d'avril) and try to pin a paper fish on someone's back without getting caught. More...
In the News

UN Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

Despite signing a 1986 moratorium on whaling, Japan has continued to allow it, much to the consternation of conservation and animal rights groups as well as the international community. The country has justified its continued hunting of whales by claiming that it is being carried out for scientific purposes rather than for human consumption, a claim that has been met with widespread skepticism. On Monday, the UN's International Court of Justice ordered Japan to put a stop to its Antarctic whaling program, ruling that the scientific output of the program did not justify the number of whales being killed. Japan has said it will abide by the ruling. More...
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