Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

gadget

Definition:(noun) A device or control that is very useful for a particular job.
Synonyms:appliance, contraption, contrivance, gizmo, widget, convenience
Usage: David has this fancy new gadget that can peel a whole head of garlic in seconds.
Article of the Day

Terra Nullius

Sandwiched between Egypt and Sudan is a sparsely inhabited parcel of desert claimed by neither country. Known as Bir Tawil, it is one of the few examples of terra nullius—land that legally belongs to no one. Historically, much land has been taken from indigenous peoples under the pretense of declaring it terra nullius, as happened in Australia. Today, almost all land is recognized as being under the jurisdiction of someone, except for Bir Tawil and what other place? More...
This Day in History

Euro Disney Resort, Now Disneyland Paris, Opens (1992)

Disneyland Paris is a resort complex located in the suburbs of Paris, France. Opened in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort, it features two theme parks, an entertainment district, and seven hotels. Initially, park attendance, hotel occupancy, and revenues fell below projections, but things began to turn around in 1995, with Euro Disney S.C.A. reporting its first quarterly profit. Today, the resort is one of Europe's leading tourist destinations. What were some of the objections to building this resort? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748)

A member of the French de Jussieu family of distinguished botanists, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification. He elaborated on the system of classification of his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu, in Genera plantarum, a work which influenced later systems of classification. He was professor at the Museum of Natural History, Paris, and organized its botanical collection. What other members of the de Jussieu family were botanists? More...
Quotation of the Day
People who love downy peaches are apt not to think of the stone, and sometimes jar their teeth terribly against it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

damn the torpedoes

To press on with a task or current course of action regardless of apparent risks or dangers. Attributed to David Farragut of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The actual order (if it ever existed) was: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!" More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Redemption Day

On April 12, 1980, 13 soldiers stormed Liberia's executive mansion, killing William R. Tolbert and 26 other government leaders. After the massacre, 13 cabinet members were publicly executed. The soldiers were led by Samuel Kanyon Doe, who immediately set up a military regime called the People's Redemption Council. He also declared April 12 National Redemption Day; for Doe's political opponents, National Redemption Day was a time to memorialize the many individuals who were killed in 1980. Today, many Liberians observe the anniversary by remembering the slain. More...
In the News

Finding Love No Longer a Matter of Race or Religion

It may be tempting to stretch the truth in your online dating profile, but if you are in the market for a serious relationship, it might be wise to resist. In a recent poll, singles rated honesty as the most important quality in a mate. And while race and religion were of little concern to most respondents, the same could not be said for mustaches on women—female facial hair was a top deal-breaker for 68 percent of the men surveyed—or male body odor—87 percent of women said they would refuse a second date with an odoriferous man. More...
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