Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

olfaction

Definition:(noun) The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents.
Synonyms:smell
Usage: My stuffed nose not only impeded my olfaction, it also dulled my sense of taste.
Article of the Day

Nasreddin

Nasreddin is a semi-historical, legendary wise man and wit who features in the folklore of many peoples of the Middle East and Asia. He is said to have lived in Turkey in the 13th century. As tales about him spread throughout the world, he came to be known by a variety of names and titles. Most of the thousands of Nasreddin stories are humorous anecdotes that can be seen to convey morals or deeper meanings that seemingly transcend cultures and national borders. What are some Nasreddin tales? More...
This Day in History

Nellie Tayloe Ross Becomes First Woman to Head US Mint (1933)

In 1925, following the death of her governor husband, Ross was elected to serve out the remainder of his term, becoming the US's first female governor. She remained politically active after her gubernatorial term and was appointed director of the US Bureau of the Mint in 1933—becoming the first woman to hold that office as well. In her 20 years as director, she saw the Mint through the economic throes of the Great Depression and through WWII. What did Ross do before becoming governor? More...
Today's Birthday

Bernhard von Bülow (1849)

A German statesman, von Bülow was appointed state secretary for the foreign department in 1897. He quickly became a potent force and succeeded to the chancellorship in 1900, serving until 1909. Together with Emperor William II, he pursued a policy of German aggrandizement in the years preceding WWI, inadvertently antagonizing the English, French, and Russians, who eventually formed an alliance against Germany. He lost the emperor's confidence in the Daily Telegraph affair, which was what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

don't let the door hit you on the way out

Leave here quickly and directly; don't linger on your way out the door. Used sarcastically to express one's desire to see someone leave. More...
Today's Holiday

Hakata Dontaku (2016)

The largest festival in Japan, Hakata Dontaku is held in Fukuoka City during Golden Week, the first week in May. The festival originated in the Muromachi Period (1333-1568) as a procession of the merchants of Hakata, an old section of Fukuoka City, paying their new year visit to the daimyo, or feudal lord. The festival highlight is a three-hour parade with legendary gods on horseback, floats, and musicians playing samisens (a three-stringed instrument similar to a guitar), flutes, and drums. More...
In the News

Secrets and Lies: Accidents and Tickets Prompt Spousal Deception

When it comes to fender benders and traffic tickets, it seems many people have a hard time telling the truth. In a recent online survey, 35 percent of respondents admitted to damaging the family car and then lying about who was at fault when discussing it with their spouses. A quarter of drivers surveyed also admitted to hiding a traffic ticket from their partners. Though men were more frequently the guilty parties when it came to this sort of behavior, they tended to be more suspicious of their wives than their wives were of them. More...
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