Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

celerity

Definition:(noun) Swiftness of action or motion; speed.
Synonyms:rapidity, quickness
Usage: These rapid attentions were bestowed with the celerity and skill of a practiced surgeon.
Article of the Day

The Revolutionary Guards of Iran

The Islamic Revolution's Guards (IRG) is the largest branch of Iran's military. It is separate from, and parallel to, the other arm of the Iran's military and is equipped with its own ground forces, navy, air force, intelligence, and special forces. The IRG's stated role is to maintain national security, yet the force is also rumored to have ties with terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. The IRG also controls the Basij force, which has a potential strength of how many million volunteers? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. He first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which focuses on the complexities of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. To prevent the use of his nickname, Lee sought legal action against whom in 2003? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

beer muscles

An inflated notion of one's strength, ego, or bravado due to excess consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day is a public holiday commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
In the News

Health Benefit of Standing Desks Not Proven, Medical Review Shows

The dangers of sitting for long stretches of time have come into focus in recent years, with the sedentary act connected to increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. More and more people have been looking at ways of combating "sitting ... More...
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