Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

unimpeachable

Definition:(adjective) Free of guilt; not subject to blame.
Synonyms:blameless, inculpable, irreproachable
Usage: As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue ... at a distance she not only excused illicit love, she positively envied it.
Article of the Day

The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the largest pyramid ever built. A mass of limestone blocks covering 13 acres (5.3 hectares), it was originally 756 feet (230 m) along each side of its base and 482 feet (147 m) high. It has several passages, two large chambers in addition to one below ground level, and two small air chambers for ventilation. It is believed to have been built as the tomb of fourth dynasty Egyptian King Khufu, who was known by what Greek name? More...
This Day in History

Founding of the Illuminati (1776)

The Illuminati were members of a rationalistic society founded in Germany by Adam Weishaupt. Having close affinities with the Freemasons and seemingly organized on a Masonic plan, the group was briefly very popular among German rationalists but had limited influence. The Roman Catholic Church, which Weishaupt left in his youth and rejoined before his death, condemned the Illuminati. In 1785, the Bavarian government dissolved the organization. What conspiracy theories involve the Illuminati? More...
Today's Birthday

Calamity Jane (1852)

Born Martha Jane Canary, Calamity Jane was a legendary American frontierswoman. She grew up in Montana and worked in mining camps, where she acquired riding and shooting skills. In 1876, she appeared in Deadwood, South Dakota, the site of new gold strikes, boasting of her marksmanship and her exploits as a pony-express rider and as a scout with Custer's forces. It was there that she likely met Wild Bill Hickok, who would become her companion. How did Jane claim to have acquired her nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

don't get me started

An exclamation of weariness or despair regarding a topic that has just been introduced and about which the speaker feels very strongly and (usually) has a negative opinion of. More...
Today's Holiday

Vappu (2016)

Vappu is a national holiday and celebration of the coming of spring in Finland. This traditional festival is also Labor Day, and factories that are said to "never close" do close on May 1 (and Christmas Day). For students, the "anything goes" celebration begins at midnight on the eve of May Day, called Vapunaatto, when they wear white student caps and indulge in anything not indecent or criminal. There are balloons, streamers, horns, and masks everywhere, and few get much sleep. On May Day itself, the students lead processions through the streets of Helsinki, and then enjoy carnivals and concerts. More...
In the News

Train Station Attack in China

Three people have been killed and another 79 injured in an attack on a train station in Urumqi, the capital of western China's restive Xinjiang region. Officials say terrorists set off explosives in the station on Wednesday evening and stationed themselves at exits, where they proceeded to slash and stab the fleeing commuters. The perpetrators have yet to be identified, but many are attributing the attack to Uighur separatists. More than 100 people in Xinjiang have died in the past year as a result of sectarian tensions between Han Chinese and Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic group. More...
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