Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 05, 2017)
Word of the Day

pestilential

Definition:(adjective) Likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease.
Synonyms:pestiferous, plaguey
Usage: I have a notion, and more than a notion, that I shall never pass back alive through these pestilential swamps.
Article of the Day

Naked Short Selling

In finance, short selling is a way to profit from the decline in the price of a security by borrowing shares, selling them, buying them back at a lower price, and keeping the difference. The controversial process of naked short selling involves the same steps—except the investor does not first borrow the shares or even determine whether the shares can be borrowed. Critics of the practice say it can be used to manipulate and drive down a stock's price. Is naked short selling legal? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Portsmouth Ends Russo-Japanese War (1905)

The Russo-Japanese War—fought over territorial claims in East Asia—was a costly endeavor both monetarily and in terms of lives lost, and both sides soon realized the need for peace. With US President Theodore Roosevelt acting as a mediator, Russian and Japanese representatives met at a US naval base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The resulting treaty marked the temporary decline of Russian power in East Asia and the emergence of Japan as a regional power. What territory did both agree to cede? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Koestler (1905)

Born in Hungary, Koestler was an influential Communist journalist in Berlin in the 1930s. He was captured by fascist forces while on assignment during the Spanish Civil War and was later held in a concentration camp after the German invasion of France. In 1940, inspired by his break with Communism, he published his most important novel, Darkness at Noon, an examination of the moral dangers of totalitarianism. How did the terminally ill Koestler show his support for voluntary euthanasia? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soldier who executes what his captain orders does no less than the captain himself who gives the order.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

latchkey kid

A school-age child who is unsupervised after school or in general due to his or her parents being away for work. More...
Today's Holiday

Anant Chaturdashi (2017)

Among Hindus, this is a day for worshipping and meditating on the god Vishnu. A day-long fast is observed, with offerings of fruits, sweets, and flowers to Vishnu. A thread colored in turmeric paste and having 14 knots is tied on the upper right arm while meditating in the belief that it will protect the worshipper from evil and bring prosperity and happiness. The Pandava princes in exile observed this fast on the advice of Sri Krishna and, as a result, they defeated the Kauravas and regained their lost kingdom. More...
In the News

A 66-million-year-old skull could unlock secrets about triceratops

There's more excitement than usual at Marco's Pizza in Thornton, Colo., since news spread Tuesday that a rare dinosaur fossil was unearthed at a construction site up the street. General Manager Daniel Perez, 24, who's lived in the Denver suburbs all ... More...
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