Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

extortionate

Definition:(adjective) Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation.
Synonyms:exorbitant, usurious, outrageous, steep, unconscionable
Usage: The extortionate price of designer clothes makes them all the more desirable to those that can afford them.
Article of the Day

Robert's Rules of Order

Robert's Rules of Order is a book of regulations for the conduct of meetings in an orderly manner. The rules were first published in 1876 by American army officer Henry Martyn Robert, who had been asked to preside over a church meeting a few years prior and discovered that neither he nor anyone else knew a proper or consistent way to conduct meetings. Today, almost all US organizations adopt Robert's Rules of Order in their bylaws. What recent changes have been made to the rules? More...
This Day in History

Millions Participate in Hands Across America (1986)

Hands Across America was a massive, heavily publicized fundraiser during which millions of people, including scores of celebrities and politicians, lined up in the hopes of forming a human chain stretching from New York to California. Though they did not succeed in this regard—there were many gaps along the way—the event raised $20 million. Had all of the participants actually given the $10 required donation, it would have reached its $50-million goal. For what cause was the money raised? More...
Today's Birthday

Beverly Sills (1929)

Sills was an American operatic soprano. She sang on the radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. Her 1966 performance in Julius Caesar made her an opera star, not just for her voice, but also for her acting. After 25 years of singing with the New York City Opera, she became its director, and she also served as chairman of the board of New York's Lincoln Center and of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she claimed to have stopped singing, even in the shower, for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

keep (one's) socks on

To remain patient and calm, especially when beginning to become angry or upset with impatience. Usually said as an imperative. More...
Today's Holiday

Jordan Independence Day (2017)

A treaty signed on this day in 1946 established the constitutional monarchy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and secured the nation's independence from Great Britain. Parades through the capital city of Amman mark the celebrations of this national holiday. More...
In the News

Preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse

In case of a zombie apocalypse, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted an emergency preparedness plan on its website. While officials at the government health agency do not truly believe that the undead are poised to overrun the country, they thought the blog post would be a good way to get the public's attention and teach them survival tips that would be beneficial not only in the case of a zombie apocalypse but also in the event of an actual emergency. The ploy generated so much web traffic that the CDC's servers crashed at one point. More...
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