Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

relegate

Definition:(verb) To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition.
Synonyms:demote, bump
Usage: After allowing the other team to score on three consecutive shots, he was relegated to the bench.
Article of the Day

The Great Sphinx of Giza

Near the pyramids of Giza, you can find the Great Sphinx—a massive statue bearing the head of a man and the body of a lion. It is located on the west bank of the Nile River, near modern-day Cairo, Egypt. The Sphinx is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one of the world's largest single-stone statues. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians built it about 4,500 years ago, possibly in honor of the pharaoh Khafre. What rumors surround the Great Sphinx's missing nose? More...
This Day in History

8888 Popular Uprising (1988)

In the early 1970s, various insurgent groups controlled about one third of Burma. Economic strife and ethnic tensions throughout the 1970s and 80s led to antigovernment riots that began on August 8, 1988—08-08-88—and led to the resignation of President Ne Win. Succeeding governments failed to restore order, and the military seized control under the name of the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Burma was renamed Myanmar three years later. What 1995 film is set during the 8888 uprising? More...
Today's Birthday

Esther Hobart Morris (1814)

Morris was the first female justice of the peace in the US. A mother of three, she began her tenure as justice in 1870, after the previous justice resigned in protest of Wyoming's passage of the women's suffrage amendment. She attracted national attention and tried some 70 cases, becoming a legendary figure in the suffrage movement. The state of Wyoming officially commemorated her role as a leading suffragist in 1890. Why then is the extent of her contribution to the suffrage movement debated? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

brainwave

A sudden idea or moment of inspiration; a brainstorm. More...
Today's Holiday

Victory Day (Rhode Island) (2016)

V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) commemorates the anniversary of Japan's surrender to the Allies in 1945, ending World War II. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and the Soviet Union's invasion of Manchuria in the previous week made the surrender inevitable. V-J Day is a legal holiday only in the state of Rhode Island, where it is called Victory Day. It is celebrated on the second Monday of August. More...
In the News

Formula for Happiness

Scientists have developed an equation for happiness. It takes into account expectations, rewards, and past outcomes in order to predict momentary delight. The researchers formulated their equation in an experiment with just 26 participants, but they then confirmed their findings with a smartphone game played by more than 18,000. Overall, they found that people were happiest when they performed better than expected on a risk-reward task. More...
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