Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

miscue

Definition:(noun) A minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
Synonyms:parapraxis, slip-up
Usage: Any politician's career will feature a miscue or two, but our buffoonish mayor makes public gaffes on an almost weekly basis.
Article of the Day

"…and Bob's Your Uncle."

"Bob's your uncle" is an expression used in British English. It typically concludes a simple set of instructions and is equivalent to "you're all set." The phrase first appeared in print in the 1930s, and its origins are unclear. It may have been derived from the saying "all is bob," which means "all is well." Some theories point to specific "Bobs" who may have inspired the phrase. One such candidate, British Prime Minister Robert Cecil, appointed his nephew to what prestigious post in 1887? More...
This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)

Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Baker (1903)

Though Baker was not as well known as some of the other leaders of the US civil rights movement, she spent more than 50 years as a behind-the-scenes activist. Baker grew up in rural North Carolina listening to her grandmother's stories about slavery. After college, she moved to New York City and became involved in social justice activism. She worked with student groups, political organizations, and religious coalitions to facilitate collective action. What prompted her to protest against Italy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

on the leading edge

Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucy's Day (2017)

According to tradition, St. Lucy, or Santa Lucia, was born in Syracuse, Sicily, in the third or fourth century. Her day is widely celebrated in Sweden as Luciadagen, which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season. It is traditional to observe Luciadagen by dressing the oldest daughter in the family in a white robe tied with a crimson sash. Candles are set into her crown, which is covered with lingonberry leaves. The "Lucia Bride" wakens each member of the household on the morning of December 13 with a tray of coffee and special saffron buns or ginger cookies. More...
In the News

Another Blow for Apple's Much-Maligned Maps App

Apple's decision to replace Google-powered maps in its Maps app with its own, unfortunately flawed, mapping software in September drew widespread criticism, and though the company vowed to improve the product, it seems not all of the issues have been resolved—and some could have deadly consequences. Australian police are warning drivers not to use iPhone mapping software due to a glitch that misdirects motorists headed for the tourist town of Mildura to a snake-infested, desert park 43 mi (70 km) away. At least six vehicles have become stuck at the park as a result of the bad directions, stranding the drivers who then had to be rescued. More...
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