Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

drudgery

Definition:(noun) Hard, menial, and monotonous work.
Synonyms:donkeywork, plodding, grind
Usage: The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day.
Article of the Day

The Doctors' Plot

In January 1953, a plot to murder leading Soviet government and party officials was "uncovered." Nine prominent doctors, at least six of them Jews, were arrested and confessed their involvement. The reports sparked an upwelling of anti-Semitism in the USSR. Months later, news broke that the charges were false and that the confessions had been obtained by torture. Who alleged that Stalin, whose death in March brought down the scheme, had planned to use the scandal to launch a massive party purge? More...
This Day in History

Sierra Leone Granted Independence from the UK (1961)

The capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, was founded on the coast of West Africa by British abolitionists in 1787 as a haven for freed and runaway slaves. It became a British colony in 1808, and the region became a British protectorate in 1896. It achieved independence in 1961 and became a republic 10 years later, but with independence came a series of military coups. An 11-year civil war marked by horrific atrocities further devastated the country and ended in 2002. What has occurred since then? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759)

Wollstonecraft was an English author who turned to writing while teaching and working as a governess and as a translator for a London publisher. She was an early proponent of educational equality between men and women, and her most important book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is widely regarded as the founding document of modern feminism. In 1797, she married the philosopher William Godwin. She died days after the birth of their daughter, who went on to become what famous writer? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

dodge a bullet

To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be undesirable, disastrous, dangerous, or otherwise harmful. More...
Today's Holiday

Sierra Leone Independence Day

This national holiday celebrates the day Sierra Leone became independent from Britain in 1961. Independence Day festivities are especially elaborate in the capital city of Freetown. More...
In the News

Criminals Beware, Food Fingerprinting Now Possible

Fingerprint lifting techniques have been improved over the years, but there are still certain surfaces that defy law enforcement's print recovery efforts, including feathers and skin. Fruits and vegetables, with their varied colors and textures and porous surfaces, have long been included on this list as well, but researchers in the UK have developed a method that can lift prints from smooth-surfaced foodstuffs like onions, apples, and tomatoes. If testing proves the method reliable, it could be employed by police in criminal investigations. More...
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