Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

sententious

Definition:(adjective) Concise and full of meaning.
Synonyms:pithy
Usage: He was a man of few words, but when he did speak, his sententious statements struck at the very heart of the matter.
Article of the Day

Makeup: From Kohl to Cosmeceuticals

Cosmetics have been used for millennia to simulate or enhance the appearance of youthfulness, health, and beauty—eye makeup and scented creams were used by the ancient Egyptians as early as the 4th millennium BCE—but they have not always been viewed favorably. In the 19th century, for example, Queen Victoria publicly declared the use of makeup by anyone other than actors to be improper and vulgar. Today, however, the cosmetics industry is thriving. How much is spent on cosmetics each year? More...
This Day in History

Unabomber Arrested (1996)

Between the late-1970s and the mid-1990s, an elusive bomber, dubbed the "Unabomber" by the FBI, perpetrated of a series of bombings in the US that killed three people and wounded 23. In 1995, the Washington Post and The New York Times published the Unabomber's lengthy manifesto after he pledged in return to end the bombings. A year later, the FBI, acting on information from the Unabomber's brother, arrested Theodore Kaczynski at his isolated cabin in Montana. Whom did he target? More...
Today's Birthday

George Herbert (1593)

Herbert was a British metaphysical poet, ordained priest and rector, and Cambridge University orator. His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633. The poems concern personal, doctrinal, and ritual matters and are noted for their mastery of metrical form, use of allegory and analogy, and religious devotion. Some are pattern poems, in which the lines form what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The ultimate in disposing one's troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

control freak

Someone who has an obsessive or compulsive need to control every aspect of a situation and/or the ways in which others act. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day

For over 25 years (1958-1984), a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré ruled the small West African nation of Guinea. After Touré's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
In the News

UN Fears Slaughter in CAR

Despite the presence of thousands of French and African Union peacekeeping troops, sectarian violence continues to be a serious problem in the Central African Republic (CAR). Tensions between Christians and Muslims there have reached a "terrifying level," according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and nearly 16,000 people living in the capital, Bangui, have had to flee their homes in recent weeks. The UNHCR, fearful that Muslims in areas near the capital are now at risk of being "slaughtered" by Christian militia, is working to evacuate some 19,000 Muslims from these areas. More...
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