Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 26, 2017)
Word of the Day

mesa

Definition:(noun) A broad, flat-topped elevation with one or more clifflike sides, common in the southwest United States.
Synonyms:table
Usage: They scaled forest-clad heights until they emerged on a naked mesa.
Article of the Day

The Batavia

Though the shipwreck of the Batavia, a Dutch East India Company ship that ran aground on its maiden voyage in 1628, was fairly uneventful, the mutiny and massacre that took place among its survivors earned the Batavia a lasting place in history. While stranded on islands near the Western Australian coast, several mutineers persuaded their followers to kill 125 people as part of a plot to hijack the rescue ship they hoped would find them. What happened when the rescue party arrived? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Delivered to Harvey's Resort Hotel (1980)

After losing a substantial amount of money gambling at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, John Birges devised a plan to recoup his losses. On August 26, 1980, he planted a bomb containing nearly 1,000 pounds (453 kg) of dynamite at the casino. His attempt to extort millions of dollars failed, but so did efforts to disarm his sophisticated, tamper-proof bomb. The resulting explosion destroyed much of the casino on August 27. No one was injured. How did experts try to disarm the bomb? More...
Today's Birthday

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, AKA Mother Teresa (1910)

In 1927, 17-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu left her native Macedonia and became a Catholic nun in India, changing her name to Teresa. She never saw her family again. Her decades of devoted charity to the poor earned her global recognition and a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. Though she was a prominent religious figure, she suffered from a crisis of faith that lasted decades. Since her death in 1997, she has rapidly progressed toward being declared a saint. Why was an exorcism once performed on Mother Teresa? More...
Quotation of the Day
But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

land-poor

Owning a large amount of land that is unprofitable and being without the means to maintain it or capitalize on its fertility. More...
Today's Holiday

Paryushana (Paryushan Parva) (2017)

Like most other Jaina festivals, the Paryushana festival is observed by focusing on the 10 cardinal virtues: forgiveness, charity, simplicity, contentment, truthfulness, self-restraint, fasting, detachment, humility, and continence. Believers ask those whom they may have offended to forgive them, and friendships that have lapsed during the year are restored. The Paryushana festival is observed all over India in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). More...
In the News

A Bad Work Environment Can Be Bad for Your Health

Don't hit the snooze button on this one. Some dread going to work, and some look forward to it, but how important is it to actually enjoy and feel satisfied with your job? Nearly two-thirds of US workers experience some degree of mismatch between ... More...
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