Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

scrumptious

Definition:(adjective) Extremely pleasing to the sense of taste.
Synonyms:delectable, pleasant-tasting, yummy, toothsome, delicious, luscious
Usage: That was a scrumptious apple pie, but I ate so much of it that now I have a terrible stomachache.
Article of the Day

Coin Flipping

Coin flipping is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties. It is a form of sortition that inherently has only two possible and equally likely outcomes. Coin tosses are often used in sporting events to determine certain factors, such as which team will receive the ball first in American football. How did Sigmund Freud say a coin toss could help to clarify one's feelings about a particular decision? More...
This Day in History

Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania's right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

drive (someone) potty

To make someone particularly annoyed, vexed, or crazy. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Ukraine Constitution Day (2016)

Having gained independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine began working on drafting a new constitution. The final document was written and approved by the country's parliament on June 28, 1996. The constitution created a democratic form of government that guarantees human rights and freedoms for its citizens under the rule of law. Since it is a fairly new holiday, traditions have not yet been established to celebrate the day. In Kiev, popular Ukrainian musicians and singers give concerts in Maidan Nezalezhnosty Square. More...
In the News

New Uncontacted Tribe Observed in Amazon

The Brazilian government has confirmed the existence of an uncontacted tribe of about 200 individuals in a southwestern area of the Amazon rainforest. After the clearings where they live were identified by satellite, airplane expeditions were mounted to verify the discovery and collect more information about the group without disrupting its way of life. These revealed that the tribe lives in four large, straw-roofed buildings and grows corn, bananas, peanuts, and other crops. It is estimated that the Amazon is home to at least 68 uncontacted tribes. More...
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