Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

billfold

Definition:(noun) A pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money.
Synonyms:wallet, notecase, pocketbook
Usage: The thief was at the bar, eyeing the patrons' billfolds and gauging their levels of intoxication.
Article of the Day

The Death Drive

In his observations of World War I veterans, Sigmund Freud noticed that the men had a strange proclivity toward reenacting traumatic experiences. He also observed this tendency in young children who often play games that simulate unpleasant situations. To explain this, he introduced and later developed the concept of the death drive: a primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, manifested by a turning away from pleasure. What Freudian principle does the death drive violate? More...
This Day in History

Old West Outlaw Pearl Hart Robs a Stagecoach (1899)

Hart was an American outlaw whose notoriety stemmed primarily from the fact that she was female. Her early life was fairly ordinary. She grew up wealthy and eloped at 16. In 1893, after seeing Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, she left her abusive husband and went west, where she acquired a taste for cigars, liquor, and morphine. In 1899, she helped rob a stagecoach, making away with over $400. She was apprehended, escaped, was recaptured, and then tried for her crimes. Why was she later pardoned? More...
Today's Birthday

René Barrientos (1919)

Barrientos was elected vice president of Bolivia in 1964, but he soon broke with the president and joined other army officers in a coup. He was installed as head of a military junta and became the sole president after winning the 1966 elections. He launched a moderate—albeit military—administration, retaining the reforms instituted by his predecessors. Three years later, he died in a helicopter crash. Why did he once jump out of an airplane with a parachute that had earlier failed to open? More...
Quotation of the Day
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

get-rich-quick

(used as a modifier before a noun) Of or characterized by generating a large sum of money quickly and (typically) without requiring much effort or energy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc

The second patron saint of France and one of the best known of all the saints, Joan of Arc was a young, pious peasant girl from the village of Domrémy. In 1428, she heard voices she identified as St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret telling her to help the dauphin, Charles VII, recover his kingdom from the British. Her mission was accomplished within 15 months, but Joan was captured by the king's enemies, tried for witchcraft and heresy, and burned at the stake in Rouen on May 30, 1431. More...
In the News

Scientists Make Striking High-Tech Scan of Prehistoric Art

Archaeologists have produced a vivid, high-tech scan of ancient art on a sandstone ceiling at a shelter in the French Alps, capturing prehistoric paintings at an altitude of about 7000 feet. The shelter, called Abri Faravel, is on a plateau in France ... More...
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