Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

loquacious

Definition:(adjective) Very talkative; garrulous.
Synonyms:chatty, gabby, garrulous, talkative, talky
Usage: The loquacious woman was often mocked by neighborhood children for her incessant talking.
Article of the Day

Thermopylae

Thermopylae is a narrow coastal passage between Locris and Thessaly in Greece that has been the site of several battles. There in 480 BCE, Leonidas with his Spartans and their allies lost a heroic battle to the Persians under Xerxes. At the pass in 279 BCE, the Greeks held back the Gauls under Brennus, who ultimately broke through, and, in 191 BCE, Antiochus III of Syria was defeated there by the Romans. What does "Thermopylae" mean in Greek? More...
This Day in History

Ronald Reagan Challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" (1987)

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the East German government and later extended along the entire border between East and West Germany. Built to prevent defections, it became a symbol of the Cold War. In 1987, US President Reagan visited Berlin to commemorate the city's 750th anniversary and used his speech to publicly challenge Gorbachev to destroy the wall. Two years later, it was dismantled in a failed bid by the Communists to retain power. Why did some Reagan staffers oppose his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Eddie Adams (1933)

Adams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American photographer and photojournalist noted for his war coverage and portraits of celebrities and politicians, began his career as a combat photographer during the Korean War. His best known photograph, a harrowing image of the moment that South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street in 1968, won the Pulitzer Prize. Why did he later apologize to the police chief for having taken the picture? More...
Quotation of the Day
In fact, now I come to think of it, do we decide questions, at all? We decide answers, no doubt: but surely the questions decide us? It is the dog, you know, that wags the tail—not the tail that wags the dog.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

advance notice

A notification, signal, or sign that something is going to happen or is expected to happen. More...
Today's Holiday

Race Unity Day (2016)

Race Unity Day is observed worldwide by Baha'is and others with meetings and discussions. The day was begun in 1957 by the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly in the US, with the purpose of focusing attention on racial prejudice. The Baha'is see racism as a major barrier to peace, and teach that there must be universal recognition of the oneness of all humans to achieve peace. More...
In the News

What's It Like for Women in Science?

Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt has resigned from his position as honorary professor at University College London (UCL) after he made controversial comments about the "trouble with girls" in science. But what is it like for women who study and work in the field? We ... More...
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