Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

tommyrot

Definition:(noun) Pretentious or silly talk or writing.
Synonyms:baloney, bilgewater, bosh, drool, humbug, twaddle, tarradiddle
Usage: Spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point!
Article of the Day

Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production—humans have been harvesting honey from bee colonies for thousands upon thousands of years. Beekeeping was particularly well developed in Egypt and is discussed by the Roman writers Virgil, Gaius Julius Hyginus, Varro, and Columella. Bees were traditionally kept for their honey, but today crop pollination often provides the greater part of a commercial beekeeper's income. What are four useful hive products other than honey? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Battle of Fromelles Begins (1916)

The Battle of Fromelles was fought in France during World War I between Germany and a combined force of British and Australian troops. More than 1,500 British and 5,500 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for Germany, which suffered 1,500 casualties. The Australian War Memorial describes the battle as "the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history." The Allies had planned to launch the attack sooner, but were delayed by what? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Degas (1834)

Degas was a French painter and sculptor. After copying the Old Masters and becoming a skilled draftsman, he was introduced to Impressionism by Édouard Manet. He then gave up his academic aspirations to pursue art exclusively. Many of his works depict the fast-paced city life of Paris, particularly the ballet, theater, circus, track, and cafés, and feature non-traditional compositions influenced by Japanese prints and photography. Which of his works was criticized for its "appalling ugliness"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

nice one

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Martyrs' Day (2016)

On July 19, 1947, Aung San and six of his cabinet members, including his older brother, were assassinated during an Executive Council meeting. His political adversary, U Saw, was found guilty of participating in the assassinations and was later executed for his part in the killings. July 19 has been declared Martyr's Day, a national holiday on which the people of Myanmar remember their slain leader Aung San. On this day, the country holds a moment of silence, and a ceremony is held as family members of Aung San and the other assassinated cabinet members lay wreaths on their tombs. More...
In the News

Pay Gap Widens in UK

How much is too much? Executive pay in the UK has ballooned from 60 times that of the average worker in the 1990s to almost 180 times the average worker's pay today. Back in October, shareholders gained the right to vote down executives' compensation packages. Recently, shareholders made the rare move of voting not to support a remuneration report at fashion house Burberry. The High Pay Centre, a think tank, is calling on the government to take action on the ever-widening pay gap. More...
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