Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

backfire

Definition:(verb) Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.
Synonyms:backlash, recoil
Usage: Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.
Article of the Day

Gerontocracy

A gerontocracy is system of oligarchical rule in which leaders are significantly older than most of the adult population. In gerontocracies, political power often accumulates with age. While those holding the most power may not hold formal positions, they often dominate those who do. Such forms of rule are common in communist states where the length of one's service to the party is among the main qualifications for leadership. In what works of fiction have gerontocracies been depicted? More...
This Day in History

Siam Is Renamed Thailand (1949)

Thailand's origin is traditionally tied to the short-lived kingdom of Sukhothai founded in 1238. After contact with the west in the 16th century, adroit diplomacy enabled Siam to remain independent of European colonization, the only country in Southeast Asia able to do so. A mostly bloodless revolution established a constitutional monarchy in Siam in 1932. Seven years later, under Pibul Songgram's military dictatorship, the name Thailand was adopted. What does the word thai mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen (1720)

Münchhausen was a German baron who became legendary for his fantastic stories about his adventures as a hunter, sportsman, and soldier. Sent in his youth to serve as a page, he later joined the Russian military and served until 1750, taking part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Returning home, Münchhausen acquired a reputation as an honest businessman but also as a teller of tall tales. His stories included his account of having ridden a cannonball and what other outrageous claims? More...
Quotation of the Day
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

explore every avenue

To investigate or pursue every possible means to find a solution to a given problem or to achieve a desired outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) (2016)

Known in Hebrew as Yom ha-Atzama'ut, this day commemorates the proclamation of independence by Palestinian Jews and the establishment of a provisional government in Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyyar 5708 on the Jewish calendar). It is observed with parties, performances, and military parades, as well as religious rituals, which include the reading of Psalms. A popular custom on this day for Israelis is to walk at least a short distance somewhere in the country where they have never walked before. More...
In the News

More Parents Permitting Pre-Teen Social Media Use

In the past year, parents' attitudes towards the use of social media sites by pre-teens have shifted dramatically. The percentage of parents who said they would allow 10- to 12-year-old children to have a Facebook or MySpace account more than doubled from 8 to 17 percent in just one year. Eleven percent of parents even admitted to using such sites on behalf of a young child or infant. Still, most parents believed that kids under 18 should not be able to keep their accounts private and about one-third monitor their children's usage. More...
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