Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

malinger

Definition:(verb) To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work.
Synonyms:skulk
Usage: To make sure that employees do not malinger, the boss insists that all workers submit a doctor's note when they return to work after calling in sick.
Article of the Day

The 51st State

In American politics, the phrase "51st state" is used to refer to a territory that might be considered for inclusion in the US. With about 600,000 residents, the District of Columbia is regarded as a potential candidate, as is Puerto Rico, which is currently a self-governing commonwealth of the US. The term is also sometimes used to disparage a country that is perceived to be under American influence or to be too Americanized. Which US state has the right to divide itself into multiple states? More...
This Day in History

Michelangelo Begins Carving His Statue of David (1501)

Begun when the artist was just 26 years old and completed three years later, Michelangelo's David is considered the prime example of the Renaissance ideal of perfect humanity and a masterpiece of sculpture. The 17-ft (5.2-m) marble figure differs from other representations of David in that he appears tense and is not carrying the head of the slain Goliath. A replica of David on display in London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a detachable fig-leaf that was made for whose visit? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel "Uncle Sam" Wilson (1766)

Wilson was an American Revolutionary War veteran who owned a meatpacking plant in Troy, New York. He provided beef to the army during the War of 1812 in barrels stamped "US," indicating that they were US property. According to some sources, the soldiers began joking that the initials stood for "Uncle Sam," referring to Wilson, unwittingly inventing the character that would soon come into widespread use as a symbol of the US government. What resolution regarding Wilson did Congress pass in 1961? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a hard pill to swallow

Something, especially a fact or piece of news, that is unpleasant or difficult but which is unavoidable or must be accepted. More...
Today's Holiday

Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (2016)

This most important feast of the Muslim calendar is the concluding rite of those performing the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. For those not on pilgrimage, Eid al-Adha is a three-day festival celebrating Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to obey Allah by killing his son, believed by Muslims to be Ishmael, and not Isaac as written in the Old Testament. Muslims consider Ishmael to be the forefather of the Arabs. Many Muslim families reenact this show of faith by sacrificing a cow, a ram, or a lamb on this day, using a portion of it for the family feast and donating one- or two-thirds to the poor. More...
In the News

Shirley the Orangutan Kicks the Habit

Shirley is a 20-year-old orangutan, and she is being forced to quit smoking. Authorities seized her from the state-run zoo in Johor, Malaysia, after she and several other animals there were deemed to be living in poor conditions. She is thought to have learned to smoke by mimicking people who were smoking around her and was often observed smoking cigarettes lit and thrown into her enclosure by zoo visitors. Shirley is now being quarantined at another zoo and is not being provided with any more cigarettes. More...
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