Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

puckish

Definition:(adjective) Naughtily or annoyingly playful.
Synonyms:impish, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, arch, wicked
Usage: My puckish new roommate apparently thought it would be funny to hide my car keys in the teapot.
Article of the Day

Maslenitsa

Also known as Butter Week, Cheesefare Week, and Pancake Week, Maslenitsa is a Russian folk and religious holiday. Originally a pagan festival celebrating the end of winter, it was later adopted by Orthodox Christians to mark the final week that dairy, eggs, parties, and dancing may be enjoyed before Great Lent. A weeklong pancake party, the festival is presided over by Lady Maslenitsa, a colorful woman made of straw. What happens to her and the leftover pancakes on the festival's last day? More...
This Day in History

Sony Introduces the Walkman (1979)

Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. Who invented the portable personal stereo cassette player years before the Walkman's debut? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology. In the early 1700s, he became embroiled in a controversy with Isaac Newton over what issue? More...
Quotation of the Day
All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

come into question

To become doubted, scrutinized, or a matter of serious discussion. More...
Today's Holiday

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (2017)

Formerly an occupied territory of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on July 1, 1997. The day is reserved for official celebrations of Hong Kong and its unique "one country, two systems" arrangement with its mainland ally. Large crowds observe the anniversary by turning out for an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the emblems of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. There is also a parade featuring traditional drumming performances and dragon dance troupes. More...
In the News

Greek Subway Project Unearths Ancient Roman Road

Thessaloniki's subway project is years behind schedule, thanks in part to a number of archeological discoveries that have been made during the course of excavations. Most recently, a large section of a nearly 2,000-year-old road built by the Romans was uncovered. Marks left by children's board games as well as cart wheels can still be seen on some of the marble slabs that made up the city's main thoroughfare at the time. Beneath that road, archeologists found an even older road laid by the Greeks centuries earlier. Developers now plan to raise the ancient road and place it on display when the transit system opens. More...
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