Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

hogwash

Definition:(noun) Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
Synonyms:bunkum, guff, rot
Usage: The entire article is hogwash, and I demand that you print a retraction posthaste!
Article of the Day

Northwest Angle

If you are visiting Minnesota's Northwest Angle, you have reached a part of the US that is beyond the Canadian border. Separated from the US by the Lake of the Woods, "the Angle" is north of the 49th parallel, the northern boundary of the contiguous 48 states. The anomaly resulted from early mapmakers' imprecision about the source of the Mississippi River. When their error was corrected, the Angle was left beyond the international border. What are you required to do upon arrival at the Angle? More...
This Day in History

United States Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the US embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks, linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to American attention and resulted in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. The bombings took place on the eighth anniversary of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Bunche (1904)

Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General. In what unusual way did he conduct many of the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

a bit out of it

Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out. More...
Today's Holiday

Dublin Irish Festival

During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as the ceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations. More...
In the News

Daredevil Skydiver Escapes Coffin While Plummeting to Earth

For most people, the experience of jumping out of an airplane is enough of a thrill, but not for Anthony Martin. The 47-year-old American escape artist and daredevil had himself dropped out of a plane yesterday while locked inside a casket with his hands cuffed to a belt and his right arm chained to the inside of the box! In order to survive, he needed to pick the locks and escape the falling coffin with enough time to get clear and open his parachute, and that is exactly what he managed to do. This is the second time he has successfully performed this stunt. The first time was in 1988. More...
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