Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

itty-bitty

Definition:(adjective) (Informal) Very small.
Synonyms:teensy-weensy
Usage: These itty-bitty computer processors are surprisingly powerful.
Article of the Day

Status Quo Ante Bellum

The Latin term status quo—literally "the state in which"—is commonly, and often casually, used to refer to an existing state of affairs. However, when the words ante bellum are tacked on to the end of the phrase, it is transformed into a very specific and weighty legal principle relating to the cessation of international hostilities. When belligerent parties negotiating a peace treaty agree to the principle of status quo ante bellum, they are consenting to do what? 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
There is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

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)

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

Seamstress Survives 17 Days Trapped in Factory Rubble

On Friday, rescue workers digging through the rubble of a collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh experienced an emotion they had not felt at the site in weeks—joy. Hours after the death toll from the disaster officially climbed above 1,000, a seamstress was pulled from the debris alive and in fairly good condition considering the ordeal she had suffered. Trapped for 17 days in the ruins of the 8-story building, the woman apparently survived on water and dried food that was near her. Not a single survivor had been found since April 28, and many involved in the recovery effort had given up hope of locating anyone else alive. More...
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