Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

bespoke

Definition:(adjective) (Of clothing) custom-made.
Synonyms:tailored, made-to-order
Usage: The cost of a bespoke suit is prohibitive, but if I am to interview for an executive position, I had better look the part.
Article of the Day

The Bar Kokhba Revolt

Initially, the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian was judicious. In Palestine, however, he proved himself ruthless. Around 130 CE, he began enforcing Romanizing policies among the Jews under his rule. With circumcision banned, Jews barred from Jerusalem, and a Roman temple being erected on the ruins of the Jewish one, the Jews revolted. Under the leadership of Simon Bar Kokhba, hailed by some as the Messiah, the Jews rebelled and established a sovereign state. How long did it survive? More...
This Day in History

Andrew Johnson Avoids Impeachment by One Vote (1868)

Johnson became president following Abraham Lincoln's assassination. When he attempted to dismiss his Secretary of War without senatorial consent, congressional leaders—for the first time in US history—sought to remove the president from office. Their first attempt failed, but in 1868, the House passed a resolution of impeachment against him. During the trial, the charges proved weak, and the two-thirds vote needed for conviction failed by one vote. Which senators voted against their party? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothea Lange (1895)

Lange was a profoundly influential American documentary photographer. During the Great Depression, her photos of stark poverty led to her employment by a federal agency to bring the plight of the poor to public attention. Her images were so effective that the government was compelled to establish camps for migrant laborers. Lange produced several other photo essays, including one documenting the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans. Who is the subject of her best-known photo, "Migrant Mother"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

Freudian slip

Any inadvertent verbal or written mistake that reveals, or can be construed as revealing, an unconscious or repressed intention, belief, thought, attitude, etc. Named for the Sigmund Freud, considered the founding father of psychoanalysis, whose work largely focused on the unconscious and repressed elements of the human psyche. More...
Today's Holiday

Lag B'Omer

The name of this Jewish holiday means "thirty-three omer," an omer being a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the biblical book of Leviticus, the people were commanded by Jehovah to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. After the evening service, the number of the day was solemnly announced, and, in time, this ceremony came to be known as "the counting of the omer." Lag ba-Omer represents a break in the otherwise solemn season between Passover and Shavuot. More...
In the News

80-Year-Old Man Becomes Oldest to Conquer Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer, Yuichiro Miura, has become the oldest person to summit Mount Everest, but he may not hold the title for long. Nepal's Min Bahadur Sherchan, who was 76 when he conquered Everest in 2008 and is now 81, is expected to set out on his own summit attempt next week. For now, however, Miura is simply enjoying having reached his goal. Despite having had several heart operations, including one earlier this year, Miura was determined to conquer the mountain—for the third time. He first scaled the world's highest peak when he was 70, and he reached the top again when he was 75. More...
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