Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

galosh

Definition:(noun) A waterproof overshoe.
Synonyms:arctic, rubber, gumshoe
Usage: This rain is not going to stop any time soon, so you had better dig your galoshes out of the closet.
Article of the Day

William of Ockham

Born around 1285, William of Ockham was an English Franciscan philosopher, theologian, and political writer. He is remembered as the originator of the medieval rule of logical economy known as Ockham's razor, the doctrine that unnecessary assumptions should be avoided in formulating hypotheses. He was excommunicated by Pope John XXII for his defense of the Franciscan notion of poverty and the rights of the empire against the papacy. He died in Bavaria. How did he come to be there? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

The Egyptian Revolution was a coup d'état led by a group of army officers that overthrew Egypt's King Farouk I. Organized by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the "Free Officers Movement" decried the Egyptian monarchy as corrupt, pro-British, and ineffective and was incensed by Egypt's defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Days after the coup began, Farouk abdicated and General Muhammad Naguib took over as leader of Egypt. The monarchy was later abolished, and a republic was declared. What became of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Jannings (1884)

Jannings was an acclaimed silent film actor who, in 1929, won an Academy Award for best actor—becoming the first person presented with an Oscar. He earned the award for his performances in two films, one of which, The Way of All Flesh, is now considered a "lost film" since no copies of it are known to exist. The advent of sound in film effectively ended his Hollywood career, as he had a thick German accent. What scandalous association doomed any chance he later had of making a comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
Grammar, n.: A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. More...
Today's Holiday

Osorezan Taisai (2017)

Mt. Osore, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival's grim and ghostly atmosphere. More...
In the News

Lemurs in Danger of Extinction

A new survey reveals that although there are more lemur species than previously thought, the primates are also in greater danger of extinction. Lemurs are found wild only on Madagascar and adjacent islands, where ongoing deforestation and hunting are threatening to wipe out 91 percent of all lemur species. According to the survey, 23 lemurs qualify as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 52 fall into the endangered classification, and a further 19 are vulnerable to extinction. More...
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