Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 03, 2013)
Word of the Day

embellish

Definition:(verb) Add details to.
Synonyms:aggrandize, pad, embroider, lard, dramatize, blow up
Usage: My friends are always suspicious of my stories, because I tend to embellish the facts for dramatic effect.
Article of the Day

Gustave the Bloodthirsty Man-Eater

A ruthless killer said to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 300 people remains on the loose in the Rusizi River area of Burundi despite years of capture attempts. The culprit is an enormous Nile crocodile named Gustave. Estimated to be nearly 20 ft (6.1 m) long and weigh about one ton, Gustave is a lumbering beast whose size forces him to target larger, slower prey—hence the high, though likely inflated, human death toll. What distinctive scars mark the hide of the infamous man-eater? More...
This Day in History

Oscar Wilde's Libel Case Begins (1895)

When the marquess of Queensbury became convinced that his son, Alfred Douglas, was having an affair with Wilde, he began to rail against the author and playwright, publicly accusing Wilde of sodomy, a crime at the time. At Douglas's urging, Wilde sued the marquess for libel. He not only lost the case, but was in turn charged with homosexual offenses and arrested. Wilde was convicted in an internationally notorious trial and served two years hard labor. What did he write while in prison? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Robinson Luce (1898)

One of the most powerful—and controversial—figures in the history of US journalism, Luce founded Time magazine in 1923 with former Yale classmate Briton Hadden. It was the first news-weekly in the US and is now the largest. Luce went on to launch a number of other highly successful magazines, including Fortune, Life, and Sports Illustrated. What was the estimated value of his share of Time stock at the time of his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

get down to work

To begin being serious about something; to begin attending to business or work at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2017)

Guinea was ruled by a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré, who ruled the small West African nation for over 25 years (1958-1984). After Toure's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
In the News

Grown Ups Just as Guilty of Texting in the Driver's Seat

Though young drivers are typically considered the worst offenders when it comes to texting while driving, it turns out that adult drivers surpass them in this regard. A survey conducted by AT&T reveals that more adults are texting behind the wheel in the US than teens, 49 percent versus 43 percent respectively. Of the texting drivers surveyed, 40 percent do so habitually. Nearly all of the respondents claim to be aware of the dangers of texting while driving, yet this is apparently not enough of a deterrent for many. More...
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