Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

inured

Definition:(adjective) Made tough by habitual exposure.
Synonyms:hardened
Usage: Doctors become inured to death.
Article of the Day

Machu Picchu

Perhaps the most spectacular ruin in the Americas, Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan fortress city in Peru. Once the retreat of an Incan ruler, the terraced city is perched upon a narrow saddle between two sharp peaks high in the Andes Mountains and sprawls across 5 square miles (13 sq km). Rediscovered in 1911, it is one of the largest and most intact pre-Columbian sites yet found and contains rare examples of religious monuments. What does "Machu Picchu" mean in the Quechua language? 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
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

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 (2016)

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

Richard III's Remains Reveal Brutal Battle Wounds

Analysis of the remains of King Richard III, discovered under a Leicester parking lot in 2012, lends credence to historical accounts of his final battle. Computed tomography (CT) scans and micro-CT imaging have revealed injuries he sustained from blows to his head and body on that fateful day in 1485. The extensive injuries to his skull suggest that he was not wearing a helmet, while the lack of defensive injuries on his arms and hands indicates that he was otherwise still armor-clad. More...
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