Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

ragbag

Definition:(noun) A motley assortment of things.
Synonyms:farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, melange, mishmash, mingle-mangle, oddments, omnium-gatherum
Usage: The bottom drawer of the teacher's desk contained a ragbag of confiscated items ranging from comic books to false teeth.
Article of the Day

Mauthausen-Gusen

A complex of Nazi concentration camps in northern Austria, Mauthausen-Gusen was the scene of terrible atrocities during World War II. Originally affiliated with the Dachau camp, it acquired dozens of its own satellite camps by the end of the war. Though the death toll at Mauthausen-Gusen is unknown, it is estimated that more than 100,000 died there. Many prisoners were used for slave labor in local industries. One quarry was home to the "Stairs of Death," where prisoners were forced to do what? More...
This Day in History

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt? More...
Today's Birthday

"Mama" Cass Elliot (1941)

Elliot was an American singer and member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing several studio albums. In 1974, after a series of performances at the London Palladium, Elliot was found dead in an apartment loaned to her by singer Harry Nilsson—the same apartment where drummer Keith Moon died four years later. Although Elliot died from a heart attack, an often repeated urban myth states that she died by choking on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

be on (one's) conscience

To be a persistent cause or source of guilt, such as an act of wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Keiro-no-Hi

Keiro-no-Hi is a national holiday in Japan set aside as a day to honor the elderly. At community centers, entertainments are held and the guests are given small keepsakes and gifts of food—for example, rice cakes dyed red and white, the traditional Japanese colors of happiness. More...
In the News

Surgeons Complete Mother-to-Daughter Womb Transplants

Doctors in Sweden have successfully performed the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants. In the procedures, two women received from their respective mothers the wombs in which they were carried. However, the doctors involved with the transplants say they will consider them completely successful only when the transplant recipients give birth. Both recipients began the process of in vitro fertilization prior to the surgery. If the women are considered well enough after a one-year observation period, their frozen embryos will be thawed and transferred into their new wombs. More...
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