Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

condolence

Definition:(noun) An expression of sympathy with another's grief.
Synonyms:commiseration
Usage: I hoped that my words of condolence would offer the grieving family some comfort.
Article of the Day

Argumentum ad Ignorantiam

Argument from ignorance is an informal logical fallacy that asserts that an argument is necessarily true because it has not been proven false or vice versa. Instead of providing evidence to support a claim, the argument simply demonstrates that others cannot provide evidence to the contrary. For example, to say that ghosts exist because no one has proven otherwise would be a case of argumentum ad ignorantiam. Usually trickery, this argument is used in what highly esteemed legal principle? More...
This Day in History

Grand Teton National Park Established (1929)

Before US President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating Grand Teton National Park, the National Park Service and homesteaders around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, fought for decades about the best way to preserve the landscape there. Much of the steep Teton Range lies within the boundaries of the park. Its peaks rise above deep valleys, called "holes" by the first white trappers and traders in the area. It has been suggested that early French trappers named the Teton Range after what body part? More...
Today's Birthday

Christopher Marlowe (1564)

A shoemaker's son, Marlowe attended Cambridge University and then became an actor and dramatist in London. His plays, such as Dr. Faustus and The Jew of Malta, often center on a heroic personality ruined by his own ambition. Most critics hold that the poetic beauty of his language elevates his plays' violence to high art, and many believe that he influenced Shakespeare's work. At 29, he was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl, possibly due to his involvement in what covert activity? More...
Quotation of the Day
I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

henpecked

Of a man, thoroughly and continually dominated, intimidated, bullied, or browbeaten by a woman, especially his wife or girlfriend. More...
Today's Holiday

Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges) (2017)

The highlight of the annual pre-Lent carnival—held every year for generations in Ivrea, Italy—is the massive orange-throwing battle that involves thousands of combatants in the town's streets and squares. The battle evokes key insurrections that the townspeople launched against undesirable leaders. On the Sunday before Lent, the battle is pitted between throwers on foot, who represent the townspeople, and others on decorated horse-drawn wagons, who represent the tyrants' officers. The fight rages all over town, continuing through the Tuesday before Lent. More...
In the News

"Defriending" on the Rise as Users Focus on Privacy

A recent poll of social networking site users reveals that they are taking a more active role in managing their accounts and protecting their privacy on these sites. More than half of those surveyed had restricted access to their profile to "friends" only, and about two-thirds had at some point removed people from their lists of friends. More users are also editing the information that others post in relation to them, removing their names from photos tagged to identify them and deleting comments posted on their profile pages by other users. More...
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