Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

kingpin

Definition:(noun) The most important person in a group or undertaking.
Synonyms:bigwig, top banana
Usage: A years-long undercover operation finally yielded the evidence needed to bring down the country's most notorious drug kingpin.
Article of the Day

The Ancient Art of Juggling

Juggling is the art of repeatedly throwing objects—called "props"—into the air and catching them. The most popular props are balls, beanbags, rings, and clubs. Some jugglers use more dramatic objects such as knives and fire torches. Many ancient civilizations are believed to have practiced juggling, and it is depicted in ancient Egyptian wall paintings. In the Middle Ages, clerics frowned upon juggling as immoral, but today, it has had a resurgence in popularity. What is "gentleman juggling"? 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
A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

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

Landslide Tragedy in Afghanistan

Hundreds have been killed and thousands remain missing after a landslide crashed down on a remote village in Afghanistan. The enormous slide made roads impassable for the heavy machinery needed to carry out rescue and recovery efforts, so people from nearby villages have begun digging using the only tools they have available to them—their hands. More than 2,000 people resided in the village, and many had been in the process of trying to recover their belongings and livestock following an earlier, more minor landslip when the side of a nearby mountain collapsed, burying the village. More...
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