Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

helter-skelter

Definition:(adverb) In headlong and disorderly haste.
Synonyms:wildly, rashly, recklessly, pell-mell
Usage: Montgomery cracked his whip at them, and forthwith they all turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees.
Article of the Day

The Swastika

Though in the minds of many Westerners the swastika is inextricably linked with Nazis and genocide, it has long been a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. In India, it remains the most common auspicious symbol of Hindus and Jains, as well as Buddhists, for whom it symbolizes the Buddha's feet. In China and Japan, where it traveled with the spread of Buddhism, it has been used to denote plurality, prosperity, and long life. Why did the Nazi Party adopt the ancient symbol as its emblem? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Party Founded in Germany (1920)

The term National Socialist—or Nazi, for short—was added to the name of the German Workers' Party the year after it was founded. On the day it was renamed, swiftly-rising new member Adolf Hitler outlined the party's official platform before 2,000 people, its largest audience yet. During the Great Depression, millions of jobless voters joined the party, and in 1932 it became the largest bloc in the Reichstag. How did Hitler manage to make it the only political party in Germany? More...
Today's Birthday

John Peter Wagner (1874)

Wagner was an American baseball player who led the National League in batting eight times. He entered the majors in 1897, and played for Pittsburgh most of his career. Though massively built, he was agile, leading his league in stolen bases five times and scoring almost 1,800 runs. He retired in 1917 but returned to coach the Pirates for almost two decades. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. Fans called him "The Flying Dutchman" for his speed, but he had another nickname. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Academy: A modern school where football is taught.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

hell week

A week in which new recruits or pledges of an organization, especially a college fraternity or sorority, are subjected to a series of hazing rituals prior to initiation. More...
Today's Holiday

Maha Shivaratri (2017)

Legend says that on this night Lord Shiva, the great god of destruction (who is also the restorer), danced the Tandav, his celestial dance of Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Hindu devotees eat only once on the day before this "Night of Shiva," and then fast and tell stories about him. In India, pilgrims throng the Shiva shrines in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu), Kalahasti (Andhra Pradesh), and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), where special celebrations are held. Mandi in Himachal Pradesh becomes one big party. Devotees carry deities on temple chariots, and there are folk dances and folk music. More...
In the News

Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook is minting a load of new millionaires, inking a deal last week to buy messaging application WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion in cash and shares. By contrast, Facebook paid just $1 billion for photosharing service Instagram in 2012. Founded five years ago by two former Yahoo! employees, one a Ukrainian immigrant who dropped out of college and the other a Stanford alumnus, WhatsApp has grown by leaps and bounds, amassing more than 450 million monthly users. Analysts predict the number of users to swell to 1 billion by 2015. WhatsApp's 50 or so employees stand to benefit greatly from the deal, but industry insiders are not certain the investment will pay off for Facebook. More...
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