Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

chagrin

Definition:(noun) A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.
Synonyms:mortification, humiliation
Usage: Much to my chagrin, my rival won the election hands down.
Article of the Day

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a developmental disability that inhibits recognition and processing of graphic symbols, particularly those pertaining to language. The condition is often diagnosed in childhood, as the symptoms—trouble reading, reversing words and letters, writing illegibly—become evident in the classroom. To a dyslexic, d may be seen as b or was as saw. Though dyslexia's underlying cause is unknown, it appears to be heritable to some degree. When was it first identified? More...
This Day in History

Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962)

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe's last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? More...
Today's Birthday

Johns Hopkins (1795)

Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the founding of a free hospital and university in Baltimore, Maryland. His will also called for the establishment of what other institution? More...
Quotation of the Day
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

fire-breathing

(used as a modifier before a noun) Particularly ardent, vehement, or excoriating in speech or behavior. Likened to a dragon or other creature able to shoot streams of fire from its mouth. More...
Today's Holiday

Malcolm X's Birthday (2016)

Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an outspoken leader in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s. He converted to the Muslim faith while serving time in prison, and, upon his release, began touring the country on behalf of the Nation of Islam. During most of his career, Malcolm X advocated violence (for self-protection) and had a reputation for fanaticism and racism; however, he changed his outlook after his pilgrimage to Mecca. He was assassinated at a rally in Harlem shortly after. His birthday is still observed in most major American cities with a large African-American population. More...
In the News

Integrity at Its Finest

Sometimes, people are good, and it warms the cockles of our hearts. Imagine, if you will, finding $41,000 cash in a used couch you purchased for $20 from a thrift shop. If you kept the money, no one would be the wiser, and it would make balancing your checkbook a lot less stressful. But would it eat away at your conscience? For three young three New Yorkers who recently found themselves in precisely this position, the answer to that question was "yes." So, instead of reveling in their newfound wealth, they tracked down the previous owner—an elderly widow, as it turned out—to return what was her life savings. More...
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