Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

carrefour

Definition:(noun) A junction where one street or road crosses another.
Synonyms:crossroad, crossway, intersection, crossing
Usage: When his jalopy broke down right in the middle of a busy carrefour, he swore he would invest in a more reliable car.
Article of the Day

Apartheid

Apartheid was a system of racial segregation enforced in South Africa for almost 50 years that was legally abolished in the early 1990s. Apartheid served not only to separate whites from non-whites, but also non-white groups from one another. The 1959 Sharpeville Massacre, in which police officers opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing 69 and injuring 186, was a major turning point in public opinion of South African apartheid. What does the word apartheid mean in Afrikaans? More...
This Day in History

Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851)

Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to pool its patents with other claimants to avoid litigation. At times, Singer used alternate names to accomplish what scandalous feat? More...
Today's Birthday

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a knife in the back

A grievous or supreme act of treachery or betrayal. (Usually preceding "of/for (someone).") More...
Today's Holiday

Hope Watermelon Festival (2017)

Best known as the birthplace of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Hope, Arkansas, is also "Home of the World's Largest Watermelons" and hosts the only watermelon festival featuring giant watermelons. They are indeed large. Hope watermelon growers have been competing to grow the biggest since the 1920s. This is a festival of real down-home Americana: ice cream socials, a big fish fry, softball, arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment, antique car shows and hot air balloon rides. The watermelon events include a melon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest and a melon-judging and auction. More...
In the News

Listening to Music May Help Prevent Epileptic Seizures, US Study Finds

Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that epilepsy patients' brains react differently to certain types of music than those without the disorder. They found less confronting music, like songs by John Coltrane and Mozart, could help prevent ... More...
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