Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

arrant

Definition:(adjective) Utter; out-and-out.
Synonyms:double-dyed, sodding, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, staring, perfect, pure, everlasting, consummate, complete, stark, gross
Usage: That is the most arrant nonsense I have ever heard.
Article of the Day

Viking Longships

Longships were the boats used by the Vikings of Scandinavia and Iceland for trade, exploration, and warfare between the 8th and 11th centuries. Long and narrow, the boats were designed for speed and were propelled by teams of rowers, sometimes aided by sails. They were shallow enough to land on beaches and light enough to be carried over land. They were also double-ended and could reverse direction quickly. Why, according to legend, were crows brought along on some longship voyages? More...
This Day in History

Battle of the Alamo Begins (1836)

In the 1835 Texas Revolution, the predominantly American settlers of Texas sought independence from the Mexican government. In December, they took the Alamo, an old chapel in San Antonio. When Mexican forces arrived in February, the Texians were outnumbered and unprepared to withstand the 13-day siege. Nearly all of them were killed. The loss became a rallying point for Texians, who went on to win the war. What short-lived independent nation did they establish that year? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Theodor Jaspers (1883)

Jaspers was a German philosopher and psychopathologist often identified as an exponent of existentialism, although he rejected this classification. In his magnum opus, Philosophy, he argued that the aim of philosophy is practical and that its purpose is the fulfillment of human existence. He believed illumination is achieved through the experience of "limit situations" like conflict, guilt, and suffering, which define the human condition. What forced him to give up his teaching career? More...
Quotation of the Day
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done. More...
Today's Holiday

Brunei National Day (2017)

Brunei is an independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in the Malay Archipelago; it is officially named Brunei Darussalam. It had been a British protectorate since 1888. The sultanate gained independence in 1984 and observes its National Day each year on February 23. Many people prepare months in advance to participate in colorful crowd formations, a favorite National Day event, and prayer services take place at mosques around the officially Muslim country. More...
In the News

Record Chain of Kidney Donations

The world's longest chain of organ donations, involving 30 living kidney donors and 30 recipients, has been completed in the US. The chain matched up donors, most of whom had wanted to give a kidney to a relative or friend but were incompatible, with suitable recipients who also had someone willing to donate a kidney on their behalf. Still, none of it would have been possible without a Good Samaritan from California who decided he wanted to donate a kidney to a complete stranger. His surgery in August was the first in the chain of 60 operations that gave 30 grateful people a second chance at life. More...
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