Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

flippant

Definition:(adjective) Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness.
Synonyms:frivolous, irreverent, saucy, glib, pert, impertinent, impudent
Usage: When a sensible woman has a serious question put to her, and evades it by a flippant answer, it is a sure sign, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, that she has something to conceal.
Article of the Day

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century lyric poet. His compositions are generally characterized by striking visual imagery, musicality, and a preponderant use of nouns. His writings include one novel, the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge; several collections of poetry, among them Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies; and several volumes of correspondence. How did a rose thorn supposedly hasten his death? 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
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

John Milton (1608-1674)

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 (2016)

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

Elephant Poaching Slightly Down in Africa, Still Dangerously High

Poachers killed more than 20,000 African elephants in 2013, far in excess of the elephants' birth rate, meaning that their future remains under threat. Still, this number is slightly lower than it's been in recent years, and there are signs that efforts to stem the illegal ivory trade are having some effect. Chinese demand for illegal ivory seems to have dropped slightly, while demand for legal mammoth ivory has risen, suggesting that there is a growing awareness of the true cost of the elephant ivory trade and a willingness to find other alternatives. More...
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