Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

nonstarter

Definition:(noun) An idea, proposal, or candidate with no chance of being accepted or successful.
Synonyms:failure, loser
Usage: Many lawmakers are pronouncing the budget a nonstarter.
Article of the Day

Synchronicity

A term coined by psychologist Carl Jung to describe what he called "meaningful coincidences," synchronicity is the experience of two or more causally unrelated events that are conceptually similar and have very little chance of occurring together randomly—such as the discovery of the same idea by two different people at approximately the same time. Although Jung had introduced the concept of synchronicity in the 1920s, he did not fully explain it until when? More...
This Day in History

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in Internet management. Its functions are now performed under US Government contract. What are some criticisms of the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Johnson (1709)

Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his contemporary James Boswell, is one of the most admired biographies of all time. How many entries did Johnson's dictionary include? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soldier never becomes wholly familiar with the conception of his foes as men like himself; he cannot divest himself of the feeling that they are another order of beings, differently conditioned, in an environment not altogether of the earth.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia (2016)

This celebration is a grand fiesta devoted to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, held in Naga City on the Bicol peninsula in the Philippines. It is the biggest festival of the Bicol region; it starts with a nine-day novena at the Naga Cathedral. A procession then carries the image of the Virgin to a pagoda on a festooned barge, which is surrounded by a flotilla of smaller boats. The people on the smaller boats chant prayers and hymns as they proceed along the river. When the water-borne pagoda has finished its journey, there are shouts of "Viva la virgen!" and the image is taken back to its shrine. More...
In the News

Dust Is More Than Just Dirt

If you need another reason to bust out the vacuum cleaner, this might be it: The dust in your house is likely to harbor harmful chemicals that, if present at high enough levels, may damage your health. Products we use every day—things like electrical ... More...
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