Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

hang-up

Definition:(noun) An unforeseen obstacle.
Synonyms:rub, hitch, snag
Usage: My real estate agent says there are some legal hang-ups that might delay the sale of our home.
Article of the Day

Drawing Rooms

A drawing room is a formal reception room where visitors to a home may be entertained. Its name comes from the 17th-century term "withdrawing room," the place to which ladies would withdraw, leaving men to smoke and drink. Later, it was just a place to "withdraw" to for more privacy. Its equivalents include the American "parlor" and the French "salon." Because the drawing room was mainly used to entertain guests, it gave rise to drawing room plays. What is likely the genre's most famous example? More...
This Day in History

US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. Agnew's portrait was removed from the Maryland State House in 1979. Who put it back? More...
Today's Birthday

Harold Pinter (1930)

One of the most important English playwrights of the late 20th century, Pinter wrote what have been called "comedies of menace." His austere, distinctive language, which provokes an ominous sense of unease, gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque." His plays include The Birthday Party and The Homecoming, and he also wrote a number of screenplays. In 2005, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His 1978 play, Betrayal, was inspired by what betrayal in his own life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

need (something) (about) as much as (one) needs a hole in the head

To have absolutely no need or use for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Cuban Anniversary of the Beginning of the Wars of Independence (2017)

This official holiday in Cuba marks the day in 1868 when Cuba declared its autonomy from Spain. The declaration, called the Grito de Yara, began the Ten Years' War (1868-1878), which was the first of three wars that Cuba fought against Spain for its freedom. Schools and offices in Cuba are closed on this day. More...
In the News

Haitians Sue UN in US Court over Cholera Outbreak

Victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000 since late 2010 have filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the UN in US court. Though a UN-appointed panel concluded that it could not definitively identify the epidemic's source, an American investigation found strong evidence to suggest that UN peacekeepers from Nepal, where the disease is endemic, touched off the epidemic in Haiti by dumping raw sewage near a river used for drinking water. Earlier this year, the UN formally rejected victims' requests for compensation, prompting them to take legal action. More...
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