Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

hullabaloo

Definition:(noun) Disturbance usually in protest.
Synonyms:turmoil, upheaval, agitation, excitement
Usage: In the morning Joan was roused by a great row and hullabaloo.
Article of the Day

The Fregoli Delusion

The Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person irrationally suspects that different people he encounters are actually a single individual using multiple disguises. It is related to the Capgras delusion, in which a loved one is suspected of having been replaced by an imposter, as both disorders are thought to involve a breakdown in normal face perception and are characterized as delusional misidentification syndromes. Why is this delusion named after the Italian actor Leopoldo Fregoli? More...
This Day in History

Charles Julius Guiteau, Assassin of US President James A. Garfield, Hanged (1882)

At the deadlocked 1880 Republican national convention, Garfield was nominated as a compromise candidate for president, with Chester A. Arthur chosen for vice president to appease the "Stalwart" faction of the party. However, after Garfield became president, he passed over the Stalwarts in his appointments, creating a bitter rivalry. Guiteau, who unreasonably expected to be offered a diplomatic post, shot Garfield and said, "I am a Stalwart and Arthur is president now!" When did Garfield die? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Ballard (1942)

Ballard is an American oceanographer and marine geologist. While working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Research Institution, he pioneered the use of deep-diving submersibles, took part in the first manned exploration of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and discovered warm water springs and the unusual animal communities that grow up around them in the Galápagos Rift. He is best known for his dramatic discovery of the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. What other notable wrecks has Ballard located? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

go soft on (someone)

To treat someone delicately, gently, or leniently; to not criticize, punish, or berate someone too harshly. More...
Today's Holiday

Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) gained independence from Belgium on this day in 1960. It had been a Belgian colony since 1907, and powerful movements had struggled for self-rule since the 1950s. The people celebrated the first independence day with fireworks and bonfires in the capital city of Léopoldville (now Kinshasa). More...
In the News

Crew and Passengers Thwart Hijack Attempt

Crew and passengers on a Tianjin Airlines flight in the Xinjiang region of China helped foil an attempted hijacking by six people, reportedly members of a mostly Muslim, Turkic ethnic group that lives in Xinjiang and widely opposes Chinese rule. The would-be hijackers apparently attempted to storm the cockpit minutes after takeoff and were subdued by guards, crew, and passengers. Seven passengers, a flight attendant, and two of the guards were injured in the struggle, but greater disaster was averted. More...
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