Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

backfire

Definition:(verb) Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.
Synonyms:backlash, recoil
Usage: Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.
Article of the Day

Gerontocracy

A gerontocracy is system of oligarchical rule in which leaders are significantly older than most of the adult population. In gerontocracies, political power often accumulates with age. While those holding the most power may not hold formal positions, they often dominate those who do. Such forms of rule are common in communist states where the length of one's service to the party is among the main qualifications for leadership. In what works of fiction have gerontocracies been depicted? More...
This Day in History

The Pullman Strike Begins (1894)

The Pullman Strike was a strike of about 50,000 US rail workers. It was initiated after the Pullman railcar company cut wages by 25%, yet kept rents high in the company-owned town where workers lived. The company refused arbitration, and the railway union called for a strike and nationwide boycott. Sympathy strikes followed in 27 states. In July, the president dispatched troops, who clashed with workers and broke the strike. The troops were sent in after workers halted trains carrying what? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvador Dalí (1904)

Dalí was a Spanish painter whose striking images and eccentric personality made him the world's most recognized surrealist artist. Influenced by the theories and dream studies of Sigmund Freud, he painted nightmarishly absurd scenes in precise, realistic detail, creating worlds in which everyday objects are deformed or metamorphosed in strange ways. In his most famous work, The Persistence of Memory, limp watches melt in an eerie landscape. Which candy brand's logo was designed by Dalí? More...
Quotation of the Day
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

in the same mold

Of or in the same or similar style, fashion, or manner. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemuralia (2017)

In ancient Rome the lemures were the ghosts of the family's dead, who were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia or Lemuria was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business More...
In the News

More Parents Permitting Pre-Teen Social Media Use

In the past year, parents' attitudes towards the use of social media sites by pre-teens have shifted dramatically. The percentage of parents who said they would allow 10- to 12-year-old children to have a Facebook or MySpace account more than doubled from 8 to 17 percent in just one year. Eleven percent of parents even admitted to using such sites on behalf of a young child or infant. Still, most parents believed that kids under 18 should not be able to keep their accounts private and about one-third monitor their children's usage. More...
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