Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 04, 2013)
Word of the Day

obduracy

Definition:(noun) Resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible.
Synonyms:adamance, unyieldingness
Usage: My obduracy and hardheadedness often gets me in trouble at the negotiating table.
Article of the Day

Haboobs

A haboob is a strong wind and sand storm. Although haboobs are most common in Sudan, where about 24 occur each year, they can arise in many arid environments and are not uncommon in the American Southwest. They are often preceded by thunderstorms. Once a thunderstorm begins releasing precipitation, its winds change direction. When the downdraft reaches the ground, it stirs up loose sand, sending a wall of sand through the air at high speeds. "Haboob" comes from an Arabic word meaning what? More...
This Day in History

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Published (1855)

Often considered the most influential volume of poetry in American literature, Whitman's Leaves of Grass was unconventional in both content and technique and initially scandalized the public with its frank celebration of sexuality. The first edition contained 12 poems, including "Song of Myself," in which the author proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people, but Whitman revised and expanded subsequent editions. How many poems are found in his "deathbed edition"? More...
Today's Birthday

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807)

Garibaldi is considered an Italian national hero for his role in the Risorgimento, the movement to liberate and unify Italy. In 1848, after having spent time in South America learning guerilla warfare tactics, he returned to Italy to fight for its independence. He fought Austria in Milan and France in Rome. In 1860, he raised an army of 1,000 and attacked Sicily. By the end of his campaign, he commanded 30,000 men, with whom he seized Naples, before handing all of southern Italy over to whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

go to the mattresses

To enter into or prepare for a lengthy war, battle, or conflict; to adopt a combative or warlike position. While the true origin is uncertain, the phrase was popularized in English by The Godfather novel and films, where it referred to warring mafia families housing their soldiers in small, secure apartments to await orders. More...
Today's Holiday

Fourth of July (Aalborg, Denmark) (2016)

The Fourth of July celebration held in Aalborg, Denmark, each year since 1912 was started by Dr. Max Henius of Chicago. He bought 200 acres of land in Rebild and deeded the land to King Christian X, with the stipulation that his fellow Danish Americans be allowed to celebrate the Fourth of July there every year. The area is now a national park, and about 35,000 people come to observe America's Independence Day. A replica of the Liberty Bell is rung, the national anthems of both countries are sung, and there are bilingual readings of the Declaration of Independence. More...
In the News

Egyptian Army Removes President from Power

When popular unrest forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011, after 30 years in power, the army took control and set up the country's first democratic election. Just over a year ago, the Egyptian people chose Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to be their new president. Since then, however, there has been widespread and growing discontent with his leadership, prompting the military to step in yet again. Yesterday, Egypt's army announced that it had deposed Morsi and suspended the constitution. The chief justice of the Sup reme Constitutional Court will act as interim leader until new elections are held. More...
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