Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

unfledged

Definition:(adjective) Not having the feathers necessary to fly. Used of a young bird.
Synonyms:immature
Usage: A small, unfledged sparrow sat on the window sill, where it hungrily waited for its mother and breakfast.
Article of the Day

F for Fake

F for Fake (1974) is the last major film completed by Orson Welles. It is a brilliantly edited investigation of the nature of authorship and authenticity, incorporating the story of professional art forger Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving's fabricated biography of Howard Hughes, and Welles's personal reflections on his infamous broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Early in the film, Welles vows that everything seen in the next hour will be true. What happens exactly one hour later? More...
This Day in History

Landslide in Italy Claims More Than 2,000 Lives (1963)

One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact. In 2008, who cited the disaster as one of five "cautionary tales" for engineers and geologists? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Dreyfus (1859)

In 1894, French Army intelligence discovered that military secrets were being leaked to Germany. Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, was blamed and convicted—twice—on insufficient and forged evidence. He was imprisoned on Devil's Island. The affair became a national scandal amid reports that the army, permeated by anti-Semitism, had covered up evidence of his innocence. He was pardoned by the president in 1899 and cleared by a civilian court in 1906. Who was probably the real traitor? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Birthday of Guru Ram Das (2020)

Ram Das (1534-1581) was the fourth of the ten Sikh gurus and the son-in-law of Amar Das, the third guru. After he was chosen to succeed his father-in-law, his name was changed from Bhai Jetha to Ram Das, which means "God's Servant." His birthday is celebrated during the month of Asun (September-October) in Sikh gurdwaras, or houses of worship, with prayers, the singing of hymns, and with readings from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scriptures. More...
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