Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 7, 2013)
Word of the Day

hogwash

Definition:(noun) Worthless, false, or ridiculous speech or writing; nonsense.
Synonyms:bunkum, guff, rot
Usage: The entire article is hogwash, and I demand that you print a retraction posthaste!
Article of the Day

Northwest Angle

If you are visiting Minnesota's Northwest Angle, you have reached a part of the US that is beyond the Canadian border. Separated from the US by the Lake of the Woods, "the Angle" is north of the 49th parallel, the northern boundary of the contiguous 48 states. The anomaly resulted from early mapmakers' imprecision about the source of the Mississippi River. When their error was corrected, the Angle was left beyond the international border. What are you required to do upon arrival at the Angle? More...
This Day in History

Federal Emergency Declared at Love Canal in New York (1978)

In the 1940s and 50s, an abandoned canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became a dumping ground for chemical waste. It was later filled in, and after the land was given to the city of Niagara Falls by the chemical company, houses and an elementary school were built there. By the late 1970s, toxic chemicals had risen to the surface, and residents were found to have a high incidence of chromosome damage. A federal emergency was declared in 1978, and residents were evacuated. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Nolde (1867)

Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Farmers Day (2017)

Farmers Day celebrates the country of Zambia's agricultural sector, praises their efforts in providing crops to feed the country, and gives them a day to relax from their labors. Governmental officials normally give speeches outlining the advances in the harvest of crops, particularly maize. But average citizens enjoy a variety of sporting events that are held on the Farmers Day weekend, including soccer championships. More...
In the News

Daredevil Skydiver Escapes Coffin While Plummeting to Earth

For most people, the experience of jumping out of an airplane is enough of a thrill, but not for Anthony Martin. The 47-year-old American escape artist and daredevil had himself dropped out of a plane yesterday while locked inside a casket with his hands cuffed to a belt and his right arm chained to the inside of the box! In order to survive, he needed to pick the locks and escape the falling coffin with enough time to get clear and open his parachute, and that is exactly what he managed to do. This is the second time he has successfully performed this stunt. The first time was in 1988. More...
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