Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

readjust

Definition:(verb) Adjust anew.
Synonyms:readapt
Usage: Some soldiers find it hard to readjust to civilian life when they leave the army.
Article of the Day

The Singapore Flyer

At 541 feet (165 m)—or 42 stories—high, the Singapore Flyer is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel, it was opened to the public in 2008. The wheel contains 28 enclosed capsules, each of which is capable of holding 28 passengers. A complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. The wheel originally rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from the nearby Marina Centre, but its direction was later changed. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Saturday Night Massacre (1973)

While investigating the Watergate scandal, special prosecutor Archibald Cox subpoenaed audiotapes of conversations implicating US President Richard Nixon in a cover-up of a burglary of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Nixon refused to produce the tapes and ordered the US attorney general and his deputy to fire Cox. On the same Saturday, both men resigned in protest, and public outcry eventually forced Nixon to surrender the tapes. What happened to Cox? More...
Today's Birthday

Pauline Bonaparte (1780)

A woman of great beauty and considerable scandal, Pauline Bonaparte was Napoleon's favorite sister. She accompanied her first husband on an expedition to subdue Haiti, but he failed and died of yellow fever. Pauline then married a Roman nobleman, but she soon tired of him and returned to Paris, where her scandalous conduct earned her a reputation. Pauline was the only one of Napoleon's siblings to come to his aid when he was exiled to Elba, despite having incurred his disfavor for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a maxim among these lawyers that whatever has been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice, and the general reason of mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a line in the sand

A figurative boundary that someone or some group refuses to cross or beyond which no further advance or compromise is accepted. (Used especially in the phrase "draw a line in the sand.") More...
Today's Holiday

Texas Rose Festival (2017)

This annual tribute to roses is held in Tyler, Texas, the center of the region that produces more than a third of the field-grown roses in the United States. Tyler's Municipal Rose Garden, one of the largest rose gardens in the country, covers 14 acres and has some 30,000 rose bushes. They blossom among pines, fountains, gazebos, and archways. The festival features the coronation of a Rose Queen, a rose show, a parade of floats decorated with roses, and tours of the rose gardens. There are also arts and crafts shows, a square-dance festival, and a symphony concert. More...
In the News

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Officials in eastern Ohio were urging residents to stay indoors and school districts to close earlier this week because of some unusual predators loose in the area—lions, tigers, and bears to name a few. Dozens of exotic animals escaped Tuesday from a wild animal preserve, after the site's owner apparently opened their cages and left fences open before taking his own life. Police managed to shoot down a number of the animals and tranquilize others, and by Wednesday afternoon, nearly all of the animals had been tracked down. The bizarre and frightening incident has many calling on Ohio lawmakers to toughen the state's regulations regarding exotic pet ownership. More...
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