Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

egotism

Definition:(noun) An inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others.
Synonyms:self-importance
Usage: I confess, too, that I was irritated by the egotism which seemed to demand that every line of my pamphlet should be devoted to his own special doings.
Article of the Day

Ushabtis

Ushabtis are figurines that were buried in ancient Egyptian tombs to serve as stand-ins for the deceased in the event that he or she was called upon to perform manual labor in the afterlife. Some tombs hosted hundreds of the small statuettes, which were often mass produced and generally made from materials like wood, stone, or clay. The figures were crafted carrying the tools they would need to complete their work and bear inscriptions, often taken from what ancient collection of funerary texts? More...
This Day in History

US Captures Guam from Spain (1898)

Visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Guam was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and remained under Spanish control until 1898, when it was taken by the US in the Spanish-American War. Because the Spanish garrison on the island had no knowledge of the war, the US sent a single Navy cruiser, the USS Charleston, and was able to capture Guam without a fight. At the end of the war, Guam was officially ceded to the US under the Treaty of Paris. How many Spanish soldiers were captured on Guam? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Hirschfeld (1903)

Hirschfeld was an American graphic artist and caricaturist who was famous for his witty, perceptive, and joyful caricatures of theater celebrities and other public personalities. After becoming a theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, he worked for The New York Times, where many of his caricatures appeared. Hirschfeld also wrote and illustrated several books. Beginning in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed what in almost every drawing that he made? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

abysmal failure

Failure that is total and extreme in measure or implication. More...
Today's Holiday

Greenland National Day

The people of Greenland celebrate National Day on June 21, the longest day of the year. They call the holiday Ullortuneq in Greenlandic, which means "the longest day." They celebrate the occasion with communal picnics, shows, and many cultural activities. Since Greenland's current flag was formally instituted on June 21, 1985, they also honor the national flag on this day. More...
In the News

Study Finds Filthiest Items in Hotel Rooms

A small study of bacterial contamination in hotel rooms suggests that housekeeping practices need to be improved, at least in certain areas. While headboards, curtain rods, and bathroom door handles were among the cleanest surfaces in the rooms, TV remotes and bedside lamp switches were found to be as contaminated as toilet seats and sinks. Overall, fecal bacteria were detected on 81 percent of all surfaces sampled in the study. Some of the highest levels of contamination were actually found on the sponges and mops used to clean the rooms, raising the risk of cross-contamination between rooms and surfaces. More...
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