Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

hullabaloo

Definition:(noun) Disturbance usually in protest.
Synonyms:turmoil, upheaval, agitation, excitement
Usage: In the morning Joan was roused by a great row and hullabaloo.
Article of the Day

The Fregoli Delusion

The Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person irrationally suspects that different people he encounters are actually a single individual using multiple disguises. It is related to the Capgras delusion, in which a loved one is suspected of having been replaced by an imposter, as both disorders are thought to involve a breakdown in normal face perception and are characterized as delusional misidentification syndromes. Why is this delusion named after the Italian actor Leopoldo Fregoli? More...
This Day in History

The Great Blondin Crosses Niagara Falls on Tightrope (1859)

Best known as "The Great Blondin," Jean François Gravelet was a French tightrope walker and acrobat famous for making multiple crossings of Niagara Falls on a tightrope on several occasions. Balancing 160 feet (48 m) above the water on a 1,100-foot (335-m) tightrope, Blondin dazzled crowds by using a different theatrical variation each time he crossed, performing the feat blindfolded, in a sack, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, and sitting down to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Phelps (1985)

Phelps is an American swimmer who has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 of them gold. He started swimming as a child and competed in his first Olympics at 15. A year later, he became the youngest male ever to set a world swimming record, doing so in the 200-meter butterfly. In 2008, he set a record for most gold medals won at a single Olympiad—eight—while setting as many swimming records. Which swimmer voiced doubts about Phelps' ability to break the record but was happy to be proven wrong? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

user base

business jargon The number units of a particular product or service that are currently in use, especially software or an internet or computing platform. (Also referred to as "install(ed) user base" or simply "install(ed) base.") More...
Today's Holiday

National Basque Festival (2017)

This sports-music-dance-barbecue celebration of Basque heritage has been held annually since 1962 in Elko, Nevada. Participants in the festival wear the traditional red, white, and green of the Basque provinces of Spain. The men also wear the traditional Basque beret. The festival begins on Friday with social and exhibition dancing. On Saturday there's a parade of more than 50 floats, and major contests of weightlifting, sheepdog-working, and dancing the native jota. On Sunday, the events wind up with a big barbecue of steak, marinated lamb, and spicy chorizo sausages. More...
In the News

Crew and Passengers Thwart Hijack Attempt

Crew and passengers on a Tianjin Airlines flight in the Xinjiang region of China helped foil an attempted hijacking by six people, reportedly members of a mostly Muslim, Turkic ethnic group that lives in Xinjiang and widely opposes Chinese rule. The would-be hijackers apparently attempted to storm the cockpit minutes after takeoff and were subdued by guards, crew, and passengers. Seven passengers, a flight attendant, and two of the guards were injured in the struggle, but greater disaster was averted. More...
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