Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

stymie

Definition:(verb) Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of.
Synonyms:blockade, obstruct, embarrass, hinder
Usage: He worked to improve his athletic skills, but his weak knees stymied his progress at every turn.
Article of the Day

The Tasaday

First touted in 1971 as a tribe that had lived in isolation on the Philippine island of Mindanao since the Stone Age, the Tasaday were later declared a hoax perpetrated by Philippine government official Manuel Elizalde. His claim was challenged in the 80s by Swiss anthropologist and journalist Oswald Iten, whose investigation of the two dozen Tasaday concluded that they were really members of known local tribes living a staged Stone Age lifestyle. How might Elizalde have profited from the hoax? More...
This Day in History

Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a "higher power," and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. The organization was founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, who were known by what names within the group? More...
Today's Birthday

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, who was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, he was raised in Britain and served in combat with the Royal Navy in World War II. In 1947, he became a British subject and renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and continued on active service in the navy until her accession to the throne in 1952. Who is their son? More...
Quotation of the Day
In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Sea Music Festival (2016)

The only event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the annual Sea Music Festival takes place during the second weekend in June at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. The festival is a tribute to the music that has been an integral part of shipboard life since the 16th century, offering performances of chanteys, or sailors' work songs, as well as "forebitters"—songs sung for entertainment. The event features daytime and evening concerts Thursday through Sunday, symposia, workshops, and a dance. More...
In the News

How Did Farming Spread Across Stone Age Europe? Two Paths Found

Humans began to settle down and farm the land some 12,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent in southwestern Asia. Over the next couple thousand years, agriculture caught on in other regions, setting the stage for today's human civilization. But scientists have ... More...
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