Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

illogic

Definition:(noun) Invalid or incorrect reasoning.
Synonyms:inconsequence
Usage: Often have I, the modern, been perturbed and vexed by the foolishness, illogic, obtuseness, and general all-round stupendous stupidity of myself, the primitive.
Article of the Day

Derbent

Derbent is a city in the southeast Russian republic of Dagestan. It stands on a narrow strip of land between the Caucasian foothills and the Caspian Sea that forms a natural pass. Historically, Derbent's strategic position allowed it to control Eurasian traffic, and the city boasts massive fortifications dating to the 6th century CE. Though they were probably built by the Persians to guard against northern invaders, the walls are sometimes associated with what legendary structure? More...
This Day in History

WWII: The Liberation of Paris (1944)

The Liberation of Paris is considered the last battle of the Normandy Campaign to free France from German occupation. In July, about a month after the Allied invasions of southern France and Normandy, Allied ground troops finally broke out of the beachheads and began a rapid advance across northern France. With help from the French resistance, Free French and US forces and liberated Paris in August. Why did the German military governor of Paris disobey Hitler's order to leave the city in ruins? More...
Today's Birthday

Althea Gibson (1927)

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated until that time, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

guilt complex

A very strong and persistent feeling of guilt regarding something or some event. More...
Today's Holiday

Janmashtami (2016)

Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Throughout India, it is a fast day until the new moon is sighted. Rituals include bathing the statue of the infant Krishna and then placing his image in a silver cradle with playthings. In Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, where Krishna was born, there are performances of Krishna Lila, the folk dramas depicting scenes from Krishna's life. In the state of Tamil Nadu, oiled poles called ureyadi are set up, a pot of money is tied to the top, and boys dressed as Krishna try to shinny up the pole. More...
In the News

Lance Armstrong Done Fighting Doping Allegations

Following Lance Armstrong's announcement on Thursday that he would no longer fight doping charges brought against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the organization stripped him of all seven of his Tour de France victories and banned him from competitive cycling for life. Armstrong continues to deny allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs and disputes the organization's authority to bring the charges in the first place, let alone take away his titles. More...
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