Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

shinny

Definition:(verb) Climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling.
Synonyms:skin, clamber, scramble, sputter, struggle
Usage: I had to shinny up the tree to rescue my stranded cat.
Article of the Day

German East Africa

Nearly three times the size of modern-day Germany, German East Africa was a colony that spanned what is now Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. German commercial agents arrived in the area in 1884. In less than a decade, the German government took control of the area and began establishing plantations and railroad and harbor projects. Discontent with their administration led to widespread rebellion, but the revolt was unsuccessful. When did Germany lose control of the colony? More...
This Day in History

First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an "International Peace Climb," in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More...
Quotation of the Day
Appeal, v.t.: In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

desperate times call for desperate measures

Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions. Derived from the proverb, "Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies." More...
Today's Holiday

First Evening of Passover (2016)

Passover is an eight-day celebration (seven days in Israel and for Reform Jews) of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jewish families today eat a ceremonial dinner called the Seder at which they retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and eat various symbolic foods—including meat of the Paschal Lamb, bitter herbs, and wine (symbolizing the fruitfulness of the earth). The matzoh (unleavened bread) is meant to symbolize the haste with which the Jews left. In strictly religious Jewish homes today, all foods made with leavening are prohibited during this season. More...
In the News

Anti-Social Media on the Rise

The Disney adage "if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all" apparently has one exception—the Internet. People are becoming increasingly rude on social media, apparently finding it easier to say nasty things online than in person, and the fallout from online feuds is spilling over into real life. Nearly 20 percent of people have blocked, unsubscribed, or unfriended someone because of a virtual spat, and an equal number has reduced face-to-face contact with a person because of something said online. More...
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