Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 30, 2013)
Word of the Day

purloin

Definition:(verb) To steal, often in a violation of trust.
Synonyms:cabbage, filch, pilfer, snarf, swipe, abstract, nobble, pinch, sneak, hook, lift
Usage: Someone at the party purloined my emerald ring!
Article of the Day

Sadhu

In Hinduism, a sadhu is a wandering holy man dedicated to achieving the fourth and final Hindu goal of life, moksha—liberation from the cycle of death and reincarnation—through meditation and the contemplation of Brahman, the ultimate reality of the universe. They are typically mystics, ascetics, yogis, or itinerant monks who have renounced life in society to focus instead on spirituality. In Sanskrit, sadhu means "good," "right," or "holy." How many sadhus are there in India? 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
When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

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 (2016)

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

Meteor Shockwave Went the Distance

When a meteor burned up over Russia in February, it set off a shock wave that traveled around the globe—twice. Researchers determined this using data from a system of sensors set up to detect nuclear test explosions. The explosive energy from the impact was reportedly equivalent to 460 kilotonnes of TNT, making it the most powerful event the system had ever recorded. The incident caused injuries to more than 1,000 people, many of whom were hurt by glass shattered by the blast. More...
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