Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 17, 2013)
Word of the Day

roister

Definition:(verb) Engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking.
Synonyms:carouse, riot
Usage: Grab your hats and your flasks, lads; we're going to roister till sunup.
Article of the Day

The British Overseas Territories

At the height of its power in the late 19th century, the British Empire had acquired about one quarter of the world's land area, including territories with large indigenous populations in Asia and Africa. Some colonies have since gained independence, but Britain continues to control the administration and legislature of 14 colonies known as the British Overseas Territories. As they are found on or near every continent, the sun still never sets on the British Empire. What are the 14 colonies? More...
This Day in History

Loyalty Day: Massive Crowd Demands Release of Juan Perón (1945)

As secretary of labor and social welfare in the wake of the 1943 revolution in Argentina, Perón enacted a wide range of benefits for workers that earned him a loyal following. In October 1945, he was overthrown in a coup, arrested, and jailed. Mass demonstrations of workers forced his release on October 17, a day now known in Argentina as Loyalty Day. Shortly thereafter, Perón ran for president and was elected by a vast majority in 1946. He was forced into exile in 1955. When did he return? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope John Paul I (1912)

Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I was the first pope to choose a double name, a moniker that honored his two immediate predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Refusing to have the centuries-old traditional papal coronation, he instead opted for a simplified ceremony. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history, resulting in the most recent "Year of Three Popes." Several conspiracy theories surround his death. In what position was his body found? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is sometimes a little lonely to be surrounded everywhere by a happiness that is not your own.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) More...
Today's Holiday

Tihar (2017)

Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival in Nepal that honors different animals on successive days. On the first day of the festival, offerings of rice are made to crows, thought to be sent by Yama as his "messengers of death." The second day honors dogs, since in the afterworld dogs will guide departed souls across the river of the dead. The third day is when Lakshmi will come to visit every home that is suitably lit for her. The fourth day is a day for honoring oxen and bullocks. On the fifth day, brothers and sisters meet and place tikas (dots of red sandalwood paste) on each other's foreheads. More...
In the News

Half-Ton Meteorite Fragment Pulled from Russian Lake

Divers have successfully retrieved from the bottom of a Russian lake a half-ton chunk of the meteorite that exploded over the region earlier this year. It is the largest piece of the 10,000-ton meteorite yet recovered. The enormous fragment was wrapped in a protective covering before being placed on a metal sheet and then dragged out of the water. Unfortunately, when it came time to weigh the space rock, things went terribly awry. As it was being hoisted for weighing, the fragment broke apart into at least three pieces. As if that were not bad enough, the scale then broke too. More...
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