Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-possession

Definition:(noun) The trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior.
Synonyms:self-command, willpower, self-control, self-will
Usage: My life depended on my keeping my self-possession, and the desperate nature of the situation lent me a desperate courage.
Article of the Day

Coup d'État

A coup d'état, French for "stroke of state," is a sudden, often violent overthrow of a government. Coups differ from revolutions in that coups are usually carried out by small groups of people in or previously in positions of authority to install their leaders as heads of government, while revolutions are mass uprisings by the people. Coups depend on surprise and speed and rarely change a country's basic social or economic policies. What current world leaders assumed power through coups? More...
This Day in History

Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)

Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz's wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908)

Raised in California, Fisher moved to Dijon, France, after her first marriage. There, she was inspired by the gastronomist Brillat-Savarin, and her 1949 translation of his Physiology of Taste is considered a classic. She created a new literary genre with her culinary writing, producing witty essays evoking the pleasures of life and food in a graceful style. Her books include How to Cook a Wolf and The Gastronomical Me. Where did Fisher spend her last 20 years? More...
Quotation of the Day
Buy an annuity cheap, and make your life interesting to yourself and everybody else that watches the speculation.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

boil (something) down to (something)

To reduce or simplify (something) to the most basic, essential, or fundamental element(s). More...
Today's Holiday

Kutztown Dutch Folk Festival (2017)

The Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, is an annual celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch foods, crafts, and customs. There are special foods, such as apple butter, rivvel soup (rivvels are like dumplings), and the fruit pies that the Pennsylvania Dutch claim to have originated. Traditional artisans featured at the fair include tinsmiths, weavers, pretzel-makers, candlemakers, potters, and quilters. There are reenactments of a Pennsylvania Dutch funeral feast and demonstrations of nipsi—a complicated game that involves batting a piece of wood. More...
In the News

Report: UN Peacekeepers Brought Cholera to Haiti

According to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, evidence strongly suggests that the strain of cholera responsible for an epidemic in Haiti that has killed 5,500 people and sickened more than 363,000 others was brought there by UN peacekeepers from Nepal. The study is the first to establish a direct link between the arrival of the Nepalese force at a base near the town of Mirebalais and the appearance of the first cases of cholera a few days later. Poor sanitation at the base likely led to contamination of a nearby river, which then spread the disease. More...
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