Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

hidebound

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded.
Synonyms:traditionalist
Usage: It is no use trying to reason with your grandfather, he is a hidebound old man who will never understand your position on the matter.
Article of the Day

Oddfellows

Oddfellows are some of the earliest friendly societies—mutual aid organizations formed to protect members against debts incurred through illness, death, or old age using what are now the basic principles of insurance. Though they date back to at least the 18th century in England, their early history is obscure. Some trace the Oddfellows' origins back to the Israelites' exile from Babylon in the 6th century BCE, but they more likely evolved from medieval guilds. What makes these fellows "odd"? More...
This Day in History

National Geographic Society Founded (1888)

The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. It was founded in 1888 by a small group of eminent explorers and scientists and, by the turn of the 21st century, boasted approximately nine million members. It has supported more than 7,000 major scientific projects and expeditions, including those of the Leakey family, Jacques Cousteau, and Jane Goodall. What popular traveling exhibits has it sponsored? More...
Today's Birthday

Donna Reed (1921)

Reed was an American film and television actress. In 1946, she starred in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, playing Mary Bailey—the wife of James Stewart's character, George Bailey. She went on to win the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in From Here to Eternity and later received a Golden Globe for Best Female TV Star for her performance as Donna Stone in The Donna Reed Show. Why did Reed once sue the producers of the TV show Dallas? More...
Quotation of the Day
Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; fear preoccupateth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a hot hand

A continuous period of great success, luck, or fortune; a winning streak. More...
Today's Holiday

Mauni Amavasya (2017)

Complete silence is observed on the day known to Hindus as Mauni Amavasya. Because bathing during Magha, one of the most sacred Hindu months, is considered to be a purifying act, many Hindus camp out along the banks of the Ganges River throughout the month and bathe daily in the sacred river. But the bathing and fasting end with the observance of Mauni Amavasya, a day for worshipping Lord Vishnu and circumambulating the peepal (a type of ficus) tree, which is regarded as holy. For many Hindus, the celebration takes place at Prayag, where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers flow together. More...
In the News

Chilling New Spam News

We have become inured to news of computers being compromised by malicious software, but how about refrigerators? A California-based security firm has uncovered a network of 100,000 devices, about 25,000 of which were smart devices such as kitchen appliances, home media systems, and televisions, that were infected with malware that used them to send out about 750,000 spam emails. The problem is expected to worsen as more and more vulnerable, web-connected "smart" devices make their way into people's homes. More...
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