Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

mnemonic

Definition:(noun) A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Synonyms:aide-memoire
Usage: The students came up with a mnemonic to help themselves remember the colors of the rainbow.
Article of the Day

The Zimmermann Telegram

This secret note, sent by German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German ambassador to the US, said that in the event of war, Mexico should be asked to join as a German ally in return for Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. British intelligence intercepted and deciphered the note and sent it to President Wilson. This helped turn US public opinion against Germany during WWI and strengthened advocates of US entry into the war. What was the British dilemma in disclosing the note to the US? 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
Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes—they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

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

Crab car drives sideways, parks in tiny space

As cities continue to grow at a dizzying rate, commuters are constantly battling ever-increasing congestion on the roads and a lack of parking, just to get to work. But now a team of German engineers have come up with an ingenious solution -- a "flexible" ... More...
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