Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

shipshape

Definition:(adjective) Of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder.
Synonyms:trim, well-kept
Usage: Toys were strewn everywhere in the playroom, but we worked together to clean it up and soon had the place shipshape.
Article of the Day

Cellar Doors

Once a common feature of rural American homes, the cellar door is a slanted trapdoor set outside a house to cover a flight of stairs to the basement. Cellar doors are generally unremarkable. The term "cellar door" itself, however, is often proposed as one of the most beautiful phrases in English. It is said to have been a favorite of Edgar Allen Poe, and its beauty has been invoked by H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. What is supposedly so special about it? More...
This Day in History

Grand National Assembly of Turkey Is Founded (1920)

The treaty negotiated between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI liquidated the Ottoman Empire and virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty, but nationalists under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk were committed to establishing a sovereign Turkish state. During the struggle for independence, Atatürk pushed for the creation of a national assembly, which declared itself the supreme governing power when convened in 1920. When did it formally declare the sovereignty of Turkey? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Planck (1858)

Planck was an influential German physicist whose work on black body radiation earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He also discovered the elementary quantum of action, now known as Planck's constant. As the influential president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, he denounced Hitler's persecution of Jewish scientists and resigned in protest in 1937. Tragically, four of Planck's five children died before he did. One of his sons was executed after being implicated in what plot? More...
Quotation of the Day
"Always suspect everybody." That's the maxim to go through life with!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

hold (someone) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to someone in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Holocaust Memorial Day (Israel) (2017)

Holocaust Memorial Day, or Yom ha-Shoah, was established by Israel's Knesset (parliament) as a memorial to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, the day on which Allied troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, in 1945. It is a commemoration that is observed by many non-Jewish people around the world. More...
In the News

Norway Planning Ship Tunnel Project

Norway already boasts the world's longest road tunnel, and it soon may have the world's first proper ship tunnel. The Norwegian government is backing a $300-million (1.7-billion-kroner) plan to construct a tunnel linking the Norwegian Sea to the North Sea beneath the mountainous Stad peninsula. Upon completion, the tunnel will be able to accommodate 16,000 tonne ships. The plan was first proposed in the 19th century, but financial considerations shelved it until now. More...
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