Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

fecundity

Definition:(noun) The quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth.
Synonyms:fruitfulness
Usage: The island is famous for its fecundity and exports tropical fruits to countries around the globe.
Article of the Day

The Estates-General of 1789

The Estates-General was a legislative assembly made up of the three classes of French subjects—clergy, nobility, and commoners. King Louis XVI summoned them in 1789 to solve the financial crisis facing his government. However, rather than pass his proposed fiscal reforms, they began airing their many grievances, chiefly their frustrations with the voting process. In an act that kindled the French Revolution, members of the third estate then formed an assembly of their own and vowed to do what? More...
This Day in History

Kapp Putsch Briefly Ousts Weimar Republic Government (1920)

The fledgling Weimar Republic was just a year old when a renegade right-wing military unit made the first serious coup attempt. The government had tried to disband the unit to comply with the Versailles Treaty—which limited military power in Germany—so the brigade took Berlin. The legitimate regime fled, and Wolfgang Kapp, a radical civil servant, formed a new government. Within days, the coup collapsed and the former regime returned, thanks to a massive swell of support from whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham "Al" Jaffee (1921)

A regular contributor to Mad for more than 55 years, Jaffee is the satirical magazine's longest-running contributor, as both an illustrator and writer. Since 1964, only one issue has been published without new material from Jaffee, now in his 90s. He created some of the magazine's most popular features, such as blueprint-style inventions and his famous "fold-ins"—which he continues to draw by hand. Before joining Mad, Jaffee worked with what then-unknown comic book pioneer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Why is it that when you awake to the world of realities you nearly always feel, sometimes very vividly, that the vanished dream has carried with it some enigma which you have failed to solve?

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

I suppose (so)

An expression of vague affirmation or assent. More...
Today's Holiday

Holi (2017)

Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: people smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, and personal differences are ignored. Bhang, an intoxicating drink made from the same plant that produces marijuana, is imbibed, and revelry reigns. The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires. More...
In the News

US Soldier's Shooting Rampage in Kandahar Draws Fury

Anti-American sentiment is running high in Afghanistan following the killing of 16 civilians in their homes by an American soldier. Among the dead are nine children and three women. Eleven of the victims were found in a single home. The soldier believed to be responsible for the killings is in custody, and an investigation is underway. The attack comes just weeks after US soldiers' burning of copies of the Qur'an provoked outrage and has prompted new calls for the US to immediately withdraw from Afghanistan. More...
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