Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

cock-a-hoop

Definition:(adjective) Exhibiting self-importance.
Synonyms:boastful, braggart, crowing, self-aggrandizing, big
Usage: I didn't mean to be cock-a-hoop about my promotion, but I couldn't help telling everyone I encountered!
Article of the Day

Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption

Rosenzweig was a Jewish philosopher who almost converted to Christianity before immersing himself in the Hebrew classics. His major work, The Star of Redemption, described the relationships between God, humanity, and the world, as they are connected by creation, revelation, and redemption. When diagrammed, the six concepts form a Star of David. In 1929, just eight years after publishing The Star of Redemption, Rosenzweig died. What were his last words—and how did he express them? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Newsweek Magazine Is Published (1933)

Originally News-Week, the magazine debuted 10 years after Time, for which Newsweek founder Thomas J.C. Martyn had been an editor. It evolved into a full spectrum of news material, from breaking news and analysis to reviews and commentary. In 1961, it was purchased by Philip Graham, publisher of The Washington Post. In 2010, it was sold for $1 to American businessman Sidney Harman. Today, Newsweek is the second largest newsweekly in the US. What is the largest? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)

Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell's article, befell the speaker of the event? More...
Quotation of the Day
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

the half of it

A portion of something, typically implied to be the most important of signficant part. (Often used in the negative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Bonden Festival (2017)

At the Bonden (or Bonten) Festival at Yokote in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, each district of the city has a team of young men to carry its bonden in a race to the Asahiokayama-jinja shrine. The bonden is a ten-foot bamboo pole, draped with heavy cloth and topped by a platform holding a figure of the Animal of the Year. Those carrying the bonden gradually increase their pace until they are running, often pushing members of competing teams to the ground to be the first to the top. The team that arrives first wins the privilege of offering its bonden to the kami, or god. More...
In the News

Multinational Disease Prevention and Containment Initiative

In our increasingly globalized world, the threat of epidemics and pandemics looms larger with each passing day. We have seen several outbreaks of dangerous, potentially fatal, contagious illnesses in recent years, some of which spread across borders and even oceans. In an effort to prevent avoidable epidemics, twenty-seven countries jointly launched the Global Health Security Agenda, a multinational initiative to improve the prevention, detection, response to, and containment of infectious disease outbreaks. More...
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