Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

straight-out

Definition:(adjective) Without reservation or exception.
Synonyms:outright, unlimited
Usage: Bob's excuse for missing work was a straight-out lie, and his boss knew this and fired him for it.
Article of the Day

Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices

The Book of Ingenious Devices was a large, illustrated work on mechanical devices, including automata, published in the 9th century by three brothers. The work was completed at the Bayt al-Hikma—House of Wisdom—in Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate. Translated into English in 1979, the book describes approximately 100 devices and how to use them. Although some of the devices were inspired by earlier Greek inventions, many were newly conceived, including what unusual contraptions? More...
This Day in History

Air France Flight 139 Hijacked (1976)

In 1976, a plane en route from Israel to France was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. The hijackers released 258 non-Israeli passengers and held the rest, demanding that Israel release 53 imprisoned PLO members. In response, Israel transported more than 100 commandos to Uganda. In what is now known as the Entebbe raid, seven hijackers, one soldier, and three hostages were killed and how many hostages were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Goldman (1869)

Goldman was an American anarchist. She became active in the movement after 1889, and her speeches began to attract attention throughout the US. In 1893, she was imprisoned for inciting a riot. She was also imprisoned in 1916 for publicly advocating birth control and again in 1917 for obstructing the draft. She was deported to Russia in 1919 but left in 1921 because of her disagreement with the Bolshevik government. She was permitted to reenter the US for a lecture tour in 1934 on what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

be potty about (something)

To be very excited or enthusiastic (about something). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
In the News

Researchers Say Baby Fat Sticks Around

Contrary to popular belief, children do not usually outgrow their baby fat, so it is important to keep youngsters at a healthy weight and teach them healthy eating habits early on. Though parents have the greatest influence on children's eating habits and activity levels, researchers say that there are other influences that must be addressed. For example, nearly three-quarters of children between the ages of two and five spend time in day care. Therefore, they recommend that day care centers provide children with 15 minutes of physical activity per hour and limit how long toddlers and preschoolers sit or stand still to no more than 30 minutes at a time. More...
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