Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

meddlesome

Definition:(adjective) Intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner.
Synonyms:busybodied, interfering, officious
Usage: Though she means well, my meddlesome mother invariably drives away all of my boyfriends with her unwelcome intrusions.
Article of the Day

The Ainu

Pushed north by the Japanese people over the last 2,000 years, the remaining Ainu—the original inhabitants of Japan—today live principally on the island of Hokkaido. Though a great deal of assimilation has occurred, the Ainu are physically and culturally distinct from ethnic Japanese. They have paler skin and more hair. Their religion is animistic and centers on a bear cult. The virtually extinct Ainu language has no known relationship to any other language. Where might they have originated? More...
This Day in History

The Night Attack (1462)

The Night Attack was a battle fought between the forces of Wallachian Prince Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, and the forces of Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. After Vlad raided Bulgaria and killed more than 20,000 Turks and Bulgarians, Mehmed marched on Wallachia, and the two powers fought a series of skirmishes. In the Night Attack, Vlad attacked the Turkish camp in an attempt to assassinate Mehmed. The attempt failed, but Mehmed retreated anyway. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hersey (1914)

Born in China to missionary parents, Hersey worked as a journalist in East Asia, Italy, and the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1946, including as a war correspondent during WWII. In 1944, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Bell for Adano, which depicts the Allied occupation of a Sicilian town. He later combined fact and fiction in his most famous work, Hiroshima, about the experiences of atomic-blast survivors. How did Hersey inspire Dr. Seuss to write The Cat in the Hat? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wit is educated insolence.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

aha moment

A moment or instance at which a sudden, revelatory idea, realization, or solution to a problem comes to mind. More...
Today's Holiday

South Korea Constitution Day

Constitution Day, July 17, is observed as a national holiday in South Korea on the anniversary of the date that the country's constitution was declared in 1948. Apart from the display of flags in public places, citizens and officials do little to formally celebrate the occasion, although events such as marathons are often held on the day. Constitution Day is no longer a free day for workers, but it is still observed as a day of commemoration. More...
In the News

Voyager Space Probe Will Soon Exit Solar System

Voyager 1, a space probe launched by NASA in 1977, has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space. On its trip, the probe has made observations of several planets and their moons. It also carries messages for any extraterrestrial life forms it may encounter on a golden phonograph record that includes information about Earth's life and culture. The probe is now approximately 11 billion miles (18 billion km) from the Sun, and signals from the craft take nearly 17 hours to arrive back at Earth. More...
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