Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 27, 2011)
Word of the Day

straight-out

Definition:(adjective) Without reservation or exception.
Synonyms:outright, unlimited
Usage: Bob's excuse for missing work was a straight-out lie, and his boss knew this and fired him for it.
Article of the Day

Kitab al-Hiyal: The Book of Ingenious Devices

The Book of Ingenious Devices was a large, illustrated work on mechanical devices, including automata, published in the 9th century by three brothers. The work was completed at the Bayt al-Hikma—House of Wisdom—in Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate. Translated into English in 1979, the book describes approximately 100 devices and how to use them. Although some of the devices were inspired by earlier Greek inventions, many were newly conceived, including what unusual contraptions? More...
This Day in History

"BTK" Serial Killer Dennis Rader Pleads Guilty to 10 Murders (2005)

Rader was a city employee, married father of two, Boy Scout leader, and an active churchgoer—and a serial killer. From 1974 to 1991, he killed 10 people in and around Wichita, Kansas. In 2004, after years of silence, he resumed taunting police and local media with letters describing the murders. In February 2005, police used information on a floppy disk he had sent them to locate and arrest him. He pled guilty that June. Five days after his arrest, he was fired from his job—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Lafcadio Hearn (1850)

Born in Greece and educated in Ireland, Hearn immigrated to the US at age 19 and lived in poverty for a time until he found employment as a journalist. He was a colorful but morbidly discontented man, admired for his highly polished tales of the macabre. In 1890, a magazine sent him to Japan, where he married a Japanese woman, took a Japanese name, and became a citizen. His subsequent books offered the West its first thoughtful view of Japanese culture. What partial disability did he have? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

ink-slinger

slang A writer, especially one who produces a large amount of low-quality material for a living. More...
Today's Holiday

Djibouti Independence Day (2017)

On this day in 1977, Djibouti gained autonomy from France, after more than 100 years under French rule. It is observed as a national holiday. More...
In the News

Researchers Say Baby Fat Sticks Around

Contrary to popular belief, children do not usually outgrow their baby fat, so it is important to keep youngsters at a healthy weight and teach them healthy eating habits early on. Though parents have the greatest influence on children's eating habits and activity levels, researchers say that there are other influences that must be addressed. For example, nearly three-quarters of children between the ages of two and five spend time in day care. Therefore, they recommend that day care centers provide children with 15 minutes of physical activity per hour and limit how long toddlers and preschoolers sit or stand still to no more than 30 minutes at a time. More...
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