Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

disaffect

Definition:(verb) Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness.
Synonyms:alienate, estrange
Usage: She loved him, but the sweaty gym clothes he left behind every time he borrowed her car began to seriously disaffect her.
Article of the Day

Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich was an English mystic who began reporting visions of Jesus during a serious illness. After recovering in 1373, she wrote accounts of her experience. Her Revelations of Divine Love is remarkable for its clarity, beauty, and profundity and is believed to be the first book written in English by a woman. Though Julian lived in a time of plagues and peasant revolts, her theology was optimistic and focused on God's compassionate love. What was her most controversial belief? More...
This Day in History

Thomas Edison Patents the Phonograph (1878)

Though his formal schooling was limited to just three months of instruction before he was ten years old, Edison was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. His work in improving telegraph technology—particularly his discovery of a method for recording telegraph messages—led Edison to suspect he could do similar things with sound. Within months, the first working model of his phonograph was ready. Why, according to Edison, was he "taken aback" when his invention worked on the first try? More...
Today's Birthday

Amy Tan (1952)

Born in Oakland, California, to Chinese immigrants, Tan is an award-winning author whose novels focus on the lives of Asian-Americans and the complexities of intergenerational relationships, particularly those of mothers and daughters. Her best-selling novel The Joy Luck Club was based on the tragic experiences of her mother, who had years earlier fled an abusive marriage, though it meant leaving her three daughters behind in Shanghai. When did Tan finally meet her half-sisters? More...
Quotation of the Day
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

with a heavy hand

In an excessive, authoritarian, or oppressive way or manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin (2017)

On February 19, 1942, Japanese bomber and fighter planes conducted a devastating air raid on the town of Darwin, the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. As a tribute to honor the dead and those who defended Darwin, an annual commemoration is held in Bicentennial Park by the Cenotaph, a monument to those slain in World War I. At 9:58 a.m., the exact time the attack began, a World War II air raid siren sounds. During some observances, Australian regiments will reenact the attack: ground units fire their guns, and fighter planes perform fly-bys over the memorial site. More...
In the News

Silk Road 2 Hacked, $2.7 Million Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

Silk Road, an anonymous online marketplace where users paid in bitcoins and the goods were often illegal, was seized and shut down by the FBI in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Silk Road 2 came online and trade resumed. Last week, the site's administrator announced that hackers had exploited a newly discovered vulnerability in Bitcoin protocol and emptied Silk Road 2's coffers—withdrawing the equivalent of $2.7 million from customers' accounts. Not everyone believes the administrator's account of events; some speculate that he saw an opportunity when the vulnerability came to light and stole the money knowing he could blame the theft on hackers. More...
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