Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

abscission

Definition:(noun) The act of cutting off.
Synonyms:cutting off
Usage: He had surgery for the abscission of a malignancy.
Article of the Day

The Second Triumvirate

The Second Triumvirate is the historical name given to the ancient Roman alliance of Octavian, Marc Antony, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, established in 43 BCE. Unlike the First Triumvirate, it was an official, if extraconstitutional, organization that was legally established and given enormous power by the senate. After Lepidus was deposed and Antony defeated, Octavian became the first emperor of Rome in 27 BCE. Octavian is better known by what name? 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
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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

Is It Really that Dangerous to High-Five a Great White Shark?

A video of a diver appearing to high-five a shark made the rounds Wednesday (June 10) and one might reasonably ask whether that isn't a seriously dangerous thing to do. According to shark experts, it's not as crazy as it looks. "Coming out of ... More...
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