Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 09, 2015)
Word of the Day

crass

Definition:(adjective) So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.
Synonyms:unrefined
Usage: Jenny's mother was horrified by the crass behavior of the young man whom her daughter had befriended.
Article of the Day

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina is a novel by Leo Tolstoy about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love, first published as a book in 1877. Tolstoy's style, praised by Nabokov and Dostoevsky, is considered by many critics to represent a bridge between the realist and modernist novels. Its seventh section is, in particular, one of the earliest examples of stream-of-consciousness literature. Many critics believe that which character reflects Tolstoy's own beliefs and struggles? More...
This Day in History

Bhumibol Adulyadej Becomes King of Thailand (1946)

A member of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, Bhumibol began his reign when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died in 1946 under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, he also became the longest-reigning ruler in the world in 2000. Although his power is largely ceremonial, he has enjoyed great popular support and serves as a focus of national unity. Who is Bhumibol's heir apparent? More...
Today's Birthday

Les Paul (1915)

Paul began playing country music at 14, later switched to jazz, and started his own trio in 1936. Considered one of the finest jazz guitarists, he was famous for his amazing versatility. Dissatisfied with the sound of available instruments, Paul invented a solid-body electric guitar in 1941 that was marketed by Gibson and became extremely important in the development of rock music. Several versions of his prized guitars are still manufactured. What else did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

accident of birth

Any and all particulars surrounding one's birth (physical characteristics, social background, and even nationality) that are considered a result of parentage and the specific circumstances of birth, and are therefore entirely out of one's control. More...
Today's Holiday

Uganda National Heroes Day (2016)

Uganda National Heroes Day honors all those who sacrificed themselves to better the lives of the Ugandan people. Unfortunately, the holiday is one of the most divisive days in the Ugandan year. What constitutes a hero, and who specifically should be honored, are matters of debate in the country. Many of the heroes officially recognized by the government are fallen soldiers who died during Uganda's civil war in the 1980s. Some citizens have argued for remembering less controversial heroes, such as the Ugandan doctor who detected a deadly Ebola outbreak before it spread. More...
In the News

Scientists Grow New Limb in a Lab

A rat in Boston received what scientists are calling the first lab-engineered replacement limb. The "bio-artificial" rat forelimb is the result of a research experiment published online in the journal Biomaterials. Starting with the framework of a donor limb, ... More...
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