Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

candor

Definition:(noun) The quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech.
Synonyms:forthrightness, frankness, directness
Usage: While I appreciate candor, sometimes a little white lie is necessary to protect a person's feelings.
Article of the Day

Elasmotherium: Unicorns of Old

The mythical unicorn may have been inspired in part by real-life creatures—members of the extinct genus Elasmotherium, comprising single-horned, giant rhinoceroses that roamed what is now Siberia and southern Russia during the Pleistocene ice age, which began 1.8 million years ago. Having some of the attributes of horses, they were herbivorous like most other rhinoceroses and had molar teeth that never stopped growing. How long were their supposedly enormous horns? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Nations (Minnesota) (2016)

The Festival of Nations takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, a city of great ethnic diversity. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups participate in this event, which has been presented by the International Institute of Minnesota since 1932 and features costumes, folk craft demonstrations, and cultural exhibits. Folk dance and music performances run continuously and showcase performers from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Polynesia, Norway, Ecuador, Armenia, and many other countries. Sidewalk cafes serve authentic food from more than four dozen countries. More...
In the News

UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef "in Danger"

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and a dumping ground for dredged sediment if reef authorities have anything to say about it. A plan has been approved to dispose sediment there in January as part of a project to expand the Abbot Point port and make it one of the world's biggest coal ports, and this has UNESCO worried. The reef is already facing decline as a result of climate change, pollution, and other human activities, and the dumping could do further damage. UNESCO is now considering listing the natural wonder as a World Heritage in Danger site. More...
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