Daily Content Archive

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

digress

Definition:(verb) Lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking.
Synonyms:divagate, stray, wander
Usage: I try not to digress too much during my lectures, but I am not always successful at avoiding tangential topics.
Article of the Day

45x90 Points

If you were to split the Earth's surface in to four parts, the center of each part would be a 45X90 point—the location between the geographical North or South Pole and the equator, and between the prime meridian and the 180th meridian. Two of the points are in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, respectively. Another is in Poniatowski, Wisconsin, where visitors can become members of the 45X90 Club by signing a logbook. Only a few people claim to have visited the final 45X90 point. Where is it? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian Revolution of 1952 Begins (1952)

The Egyptian Revolution was a coup d'état led by a group of army officers that overthrew Egypt's King Farouk I. Organized by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the "Free Officers Movement" decried the Egyptian monarchy as corrupt, pro-British, and ineffective and was incensed by Egypt's defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Days after the coup began, Farouk abdicated and General Muhammad Naguib took over as leader of Egypt. The monarchy was later abolished, and a republic was declared. What became of the king? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Jannings (1884)

Jannings was an acclaimed silent film actor who, in 1929, won an Academy Award for best actor—becoming the first person presented with an Oscar. He earned the award for his performances in two films, one of which, The Way of All Flesh, is now considered a "lost film" since no copies of it are known to exist. The advent of sound in film effectively ended his Hollywood career, as he had a thick German accent. What scandalous association doomed any chance he later had of making a comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fool with a heart and no brains is just as unhappy as a fool with brains and no heart.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

Idiom of the Day

jolly (someone) up

To make (someone) happier or more cheerful; to cheer (someone) up. More...
Today's Holiday

Osorezan Taisai (2017)

Mt. Osore, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival's grim and ghostly atmosphere. More...
In the News

Bundle of Joy Arrives, Bringing Royal Baby Watch to a Close

After months of speculation, we finally have our answer: It's a boy! At 4:24 PM yesterday, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son weighing 8 lb and 6 oz. The highly anticipated event drew members of the media from around the globe, who camped out for weeks in front of the London hospital where the royal baby was to be delivered. The newborn prince, whose name has yet to be made public, is third in line for the British throne, after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William. Both mother and baby are reportedly doing well. More...
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