Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

uncouth

Definition:(adjective) Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste.
Synonyms:rough-cut, vulgar, coarse, common
Usage: He was an uncouth fellow, ragged and dirty and unshaven.
Article of the Day

Costco

The first Price Club opened in 1976 in an airplane hangar previously owned by Howard Hughes, and the first Costco opened in 1983. The two merged in 1993, and Costco is now the largest membership warehouse chain in the US. Costco sells items, often in bulk, at low prices in its unadorned warehouses, displaying products on pallets. The company maintains a markup limit of 15 percent, and will not stock a product if it deems the price too high. What did Costco refuse to sell for this reason in 2009? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Waugh was an English novelist who is widely considered the greatest satirist of his generation. His novels, characterized by sardonic wit, technical brilliance, and his devoted Catholicism, include A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited. Waugh also wrote amusing travel books. After service in World War II, he led a retired life, and his writing grew increasingly misanthropic. In 1925, Waugh's suicide attempt was thwarted when he was coincidentally attacked by what animal? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ocean, n.: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. More...
Today's Holiday

Señor de los Milagros (2017)

A religious brotherhood affiliated with the church of Las Nazarenas in Lima, Peru, has maintained an annual devotional procession that began in the 17th century and centers on a painting of Christ, known as Señor de los Milagros, or Lord of the Miracles. Many men are required to carry the two-ton litter, upon which rests the portion of the wall with the painting. The procession attracts thousands of people, making it one of the most well attended processions in South America. Along the route, food stands offer numerous delicacies, especially the traditional sweet, Turrón de Doña Pepa. More...
In the News

Danger on the Roads

Spending hours at the wheel can make anyone sleepy, but for truck drivers, whose livelihoods depend on how quickly they can get to their destinations, taking a break is often not seen as an option. Instead, many truckers opt for alcohol or other mind-altering substances, like marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine, to keep them on the road. An analysis of 36 studies shows that this is going on all over the world in varying degrees. Substance use seems to be linked to poor working conditions, suggesting that taking steps to improve working conditions for truckers could reduce this dangerous practice. More...
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