Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

editorialist

Definition:(noun) A journalist who writes editorials.
Synonyms:columnist
Usage: He grew so weary of armchair-general editorialists that he stopped reading the Op-Ed pages altogether and picked up a book on political theory.
Article of the Day

Karaoke

Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which amateur performers sing songs using pre-recorded music, was popularized by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s. Inoue invented a coin-operated music player in 1971 after fans requested recordings of his performances—they wanted to sing along with the music on a company retreat. He never patented the karaoke technology and thus forfeited a potential fortune. What song has been banned at many bars in the Philippines for causing too many fights? More...
This Day in History

Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on "death marches" during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help. What did the prisoners do when they received word that the Americans were coming to liberate them? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (1862)

Hughes was an American statesman and jurist. He served as governor of New York and as a Supreme Court justice before losing the 1916 presidential race, one of the closest in US history. It has been reported that, on the night of the election, Hughes went to bed believing he had won. According to the story, a reporter later called and was told that "the president is asleep," to which he responded, "When he wakes up, tell him he isn't the president." What did Hughes do after losing the election? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Hanuman Jayanti (2017)

Hanuman, the Monkey God and a central figure in the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, helped Rama rescue his wife Sita from the demon Ravana; for this Rama decreed the two always be worshipped together. He is revered by Hindus all over India in the form of a monkey with a red face who stands erect like a human. His birth anniversary is observed in the month of Caitra with celibacy, fasting, and reading the Hanuman-Chalisa. Hindus visit his temples, of which there are many, to offer prayers on this day and to re-paint his image with vermilion. More...
In the News

World's Brightest X-Ray to Get 10000 Times Brighter

The world’s most powerful X-ray is getting a major overhaul, courtesy of the Department of Energy. On Monday, construction began on adding a second X-ray laser beam to the already-powerful Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The additional laser will ... More...
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