Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

honorable

Definition:(adjective) Deserving of esteem and respect.
Synonyms:estimable, respectable, good
Usage: You are offended at being put on duty a bit, but why not apologize to an old and honorable officer?
Article of the Day

Ye Xian

Perhaps the oldest known version of the archetypical Cinderella story, "Ye Xian" is a Chinese fairy tale first published in the 9th century. Enslaved by her wicked stepmother and stepsister, the story's eponymous heroine befriends a magical fish in a nearby lake. The fish is killed and eaten by Ye Xian's stepfamily, but its bones provide her with lovely clothes to wear to a festival. There, she loses a tiny slipper, which falls into the hands of a king. The slipper is made not of glass but what? More...
This Day in History

US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. Agnew's portrait was removed from the Maryland State House in 1979. Who put it back? More...
Today's Birthday

Harold Pinter (1930)

One of the most important English playwrights of the late 20th century, Pinter wrote what have been called "comedies of menace." His austere, distinctive language, which provokes an ominous sense of unease, gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque." His plays include The Birthday Party and The Homecoming, and he also wrote a number of screenplays. In 2005, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His 1978 play, Betrayal, was inspired by what betrayal in his own life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and orators, because he that would obtrude his thoughts and reasons upon a multitude, will convince others the more as he appears convinced himself.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

need (something) (about) as much as (one) needs a hole in the head

To have absolutely no need or use for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Cuban Anniversary of the Beginning of the Wars of Independence (2017)

This official holiday in Cuba marks the day in 1868 when Cuba declared its autonomy from Spain. The declaration, called the Grito de Yara, began the Ten Years' War (1868-1878), which was the first of three wars that Cuba fought against Spain for its freedom. Schools and offices in Cuba are closed on this day. More...
In the News

Free Birth Control Lowers Abortion and Teen Birth Rate

When women in a recent US study were offered free access to a range of contraceptives, they overwhelmingly opted for the more effective—but often pricier—methods, like intrauterine devices and other types of implants, dramatically reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy. Among teens, the effect was particularly pronounced. Study participants also had fewer abortions than the general population. Experts expect to see a similar trend across the nation thanks to a new US healthcare law requiring most workplace insurance plans to offer women free access to contraceptives. More...
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