Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 21, 2012)
Word of the Day

egotism

Definition:(noun) An inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others.
Synonyms:self-importance
Usage: I confess, too, that I was irritated by the egotism which seemed to demand that every line of my pamphlet should be devoted to his own special doings.
Article of the Day

Ushabtis

Ushabtis are figurines that were buried in ancient Egyptian tombs to serve as stand-ins for the deceased in the event that he or she was called upon to perform manual labor in the afterlife. Some tombs hosted hundreds of the small statuettes, which were often mass produced and generally made from materials like wood, stone, or clay. The figures were crafted carrying the tools they would need to complete their work and bear inscriptions, often taken from what ancient collection of funerary texts? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Submarine Attacks US Mainland (1942)

With the exception of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US was able to largely avoid fighting WWII on home soil, mainly because of its relative geographical isolation. However, Japan attacked the West Coast of the US several times. In 1942, a Japanese submarine fired at Fort Stevens in Oregon in the first and only attack on a mainland US military installation during the war. The shells damaged phone cables and a baseball backstop, but the fort's gunners were ordered not to return fire. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Therese McCarthy (1912)

McCarthy began her storied writing career as a drama critic for the Partisan Review in the 1930s, gaining a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity—qualities that are evident in her later works of satirical fiction as well as in her personal life. She engaged other authors in public feuds and repeatedly took contentious literary and political stands. Author Lillian Hellman filed a multimillion-dollar libel suit against McCarthy after she made what comment about Hellman's writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

in no way, shape, or form

In no possible manner; under no circumstances; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
In the News

Study Finds Filthiest Items in Hotel Rooms

A small study of bacterial contamination in hotel rooms suggests that housekeeping practices need to be improved, at least in certain areas. While headboards, curtain rods, and bathroom door handles were among the cleanest surfaces in the rooms, TV remotes and bedside lamp switches were found to be as contaminated as toilet seats and sinks. Overall, fecal bacteria were detected on 81 percent of all surfaces sampled in the study. Some of the highest levels of contamination were actually found on the sponges and mops used to clean the rooms, raising the risk of cross-contamination between rooms and surfaces. More...
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