Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

nemesis

Definition:(noun) A source of harm or ruin.
Synonyms:bane, scourge, curse
Usage: My doctor says I need to improve my diet immediately, but fast food, my great nemesis, tempts me every day during my commute home.
Article of the Day

Operation Paperclip

During World War II, German scientists made great strides in rocketry, aeronautics, and other fields. Almost immediately after the war's end, the US began vigorously recruiting these scientists, bolstering its own scientific programs while denying the USSR access to these assets. Though the US president authorized Operation Paperclip, he forbade the recruitment of Nazi Party members and active supporters of Nazi militarism. How did the agency overseeing the program sidestep this order? More...
This Day in History

Muhammad Ali Becomes Wali of Egypt (1805)

Four years after Ali, an Ottoman army commander, helped drive Napoleon from Ottoman-ruled Egypt, he was named wali—governor—of Egypt. He helped modernize Egypt and attempted to secure its independence. Though unsuccessful, his efforts established his progeny as the rulers of Egypt and Sudan for nearly 150 years and rendered Egypt a de facto independent state. He is thus considered one of the fathers of modern Egypt. How did Ali trick Egypt's Mamluk leaders into walking into a massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Hopper was an American film actor. He appeared in two films with James Dean in the 1950s but achieved fame of his own after directing and starring in 1969's Easy Rider. His career foundered in the 70s, but important roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) helped him revitalize his career in the 80s and 90s. In addition to acting, he was a noted artist. In 1983, he checked into rehab shortly after performing what daredevil stunt involving dynamite? More...
Quotation of the Day
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

in (one's) dotage

In a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. More...
Today's Holiday

Toshogu Haru-No-Taisai (2017)

This festival provides the most spectacular display of ancient samurai costumes and weaponry in Japan. The Toshogu Shrine, in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, was built in 1617 to house the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the first of the Tokugawa shoguns. On the first day of the festival, dignitaries and members of the Tokugawa family make offerings to the deities of the shrine, and warriors on horseback shoot at targets with bows and arrows. On the next morning, more than 1,000 people take part in the procession from Toshogu to Futarasan Shrine, including hundreds of samurai warriors. More...
In the News

Wrigley Pulls Caffeine Gum Out of Consideration for FDA

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerns about the impact of caffeine on children and teens has prompted Wrigley to temporarily halt the production, sale, and marketing of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which contains about as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in each piece. The company says it was marketing the product to adults and that it complied with all current labeling guidelines but voluntarily chose to halt production to give the FDA time to develop a new regulatory framework addressing the addition of caffeine to food and drinks. More...
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