Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

antecede

Definition:(verb) Be earlier in time; go back further.
Synonyms:antedate, forego, precede, predate
Usage: Even though it was found in a higher stratum, the stone tool antecedes the bronze one unearthed nearby.
Article of the Day

The Milgram Experiment: Obedience vs. Conscience

The Milgram experiment, a famous scientific experiment of social psychology, was designed to measure the willingness of a person to follow orders when those orders conflict with his or her conscience. Stanley Milgram devised the experiment in an attempt to understand the behavior of Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust. What was involved in Milgram's experiment, and what were his results? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

be just the same (to someone)

To make no difference (to someone) one way or another; to be unimportant (to someone) what happens. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Revolution and Independence Day (2017)

On March 15, Hungarians observe the anniversary of the beginning of the revolution in 1848 against the Habsburg monarchy. The revolutionaries called for the creation of a nation-state with freedom of the press and an independent parliamentary government. In 1989, celebrations were open for the first time since the Soviet invasion, and took place all over the country. More...
In the News

Investors Favor Handsome Pitchmen

Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but investors, it seems, prefer handsome men. Researchers have found that investors are more likely to back a business if it is pitched to them by a man rather than a woman. Furthermore, physical attractiveness seems to also play a role in swaying investors, but only when the entrepreneurs are male; handsome pitchmen were more likely than their less attractive counterparts to persuade potential investors to back their ventures, whereas attractiveness was not a determining factor when it came to female entrepreneurs. More...
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