Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

rascality

Definition:(noun) The trait of indulging in disreputable pranks.
Synonyms:prankishness, roguishness
Usage: I had underestimated the rascality of my roommate, who had replaced my shoelaces with spaghetti yet again.
Article of the Day

PETA: Ethical or Extremist?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, claiming to have 800,000 members worldwide. PETA's main objectives include fighting factory farming, animal testing/vivisection, and fur farming. The organization, however, has been widely criticized for immorality, deception, and the targeting of vulnerable groups in its advertising campaigns, as well as for the use of shock tactics to elicit reactions and attract attention to its cause. More...
This Day in History

First Arbor Day Celebrated (1872)

Generally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day is an unofficial US holiday designated as a day for planting trees. The holiday was founded by agriculturist Julius Sterling Morton, a Nebraska resident who believed that the prairies were in need of more trees to serve as windbreaks, hold moisture in the soil, and provide lumber for housing. To this end, he proposed that a specific day be set aside for the planting of trees. About how many trees were planted on the first Arbor Day? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Pulitzer (1847)

Born in Hungary, Pulitzer immigrated to the US during the Civil War and served in the Union Army. He later became a reporter and purchased and founded several newspapers, establishing the pattern of the modern newspaper by combining investigative reporting with publicity stunts, self-advertising, and sensationalism. In his will, he established the Pulitzer Prizes, annual awards for achievements in American journalism, letters, and music. What famous saying about journalism is attributed to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

cut it close

To do or complete something very near to its limit, especially of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and, later, The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
In the News

Pennsylvania Student Goes on Stabbing Rampage

A 16-year-old boy went on a stabbing rampage at his Pennsylvania high school on Wednesday, injuring 19 students—some as young as 14—with at least two knives before being taken into custody. A school security officer was also injured before the knife-wielding sophomore was subdued. Some of the wounded are in critical condition, but doctors are optimistic about their survival. Officials have yet to determine what motivated the attack. More...
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