Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

neaten

Definition:(verb) Put (things or places) in order.
Synonyms:clean up, square away, tidy, straighten
Usage: My mother insists that I neaten up my room and put my toys away before bed every night.
Article of the Day

Martians

Mars is similar to Earth in a number of ways: It has a 24.6-hour day and may have once had liquid water on its surface. Though life on Mars would likely resemble bacteria if it existed at all, the idea of human-like beings living on Mars has long captivated humanity. After American astronomer Percival Lowell came to believe, in the 1890s, that Mars had intelligently built canals, many science-fiction authors began to write about Martians. What effectively ended the trend of Martians in fiction? More...
This Day in History

Elvis Presley Inducted into the US Army (1958)

Though World War II ended in 1945, military conscription in the US continued in peacetime, and in 1957, the 22-year-old "King of Rock and Roll" was drafted for a two-year stint in the army. Despite concerns about his career, Presley did not try to avoid service and was inducted into the army at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, in a ceremony mobbed by photographers. Five months later, and just a month before he was shipped out to Germany, Presley was granted a short emergency leave for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (1930)

After a tumultuous childhood, reform school, and a stint in the US Marines, McQueen studied acting in New York, earning money on the weekends by racing motorcycles. He gained attention on Broadway and went on to star as a cool, stoic loner in many films, including The Great Escape and Papillon. In Bullitt's famous car chase scene, he even did some of the stunt driving. When he was 18 years old, McQueen saved the lives of five fellow Marines in the Arctic. How? More...
Quotation of the Day
When friends grow cold, and the converse of intimates languishes into vapid civility and commonplace, these [books] only continue the unaltered countenance of happier days, and cheer us with that true friendship which never deceived hope nor deserted sorrow.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

go to hell in a handcart

To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2017)

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24. More...
In the News

Mali Coup Allows Rebels to Advance

A group of soldiers in Mali, angry at the government's failure to supply the army with the weapons necessary to suppress the two-month-old Tuareg rebellion, has staged a coup. Calling themselves the National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of the State (CNRDR), the soldiers declared all borders closed and the constitution suspended. The president's whereabouts are unknown, and some question remains as to whether his government has truly been overthrown. Still, Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have been able to use the chaos to their advantage, occupying positions abandoned by government forces. More...
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