Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

engrossing

Definition:(adjective) Capable of arousing and holding the attention.
Synonyms:absorbing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
Usage: The book was so engrossing that I did not notice when the lights were turned out in the library.
Article of the Day

The Evil Eye

The people of the world have many superstitions, but one in particular is shared by a number of cultures, especially those of the Mediterranean and Middle East: the evil eye. Traditions and beliefs surrounding the evil eye vary, but it is generally thought to stem from envy and malice toward prosperity and beauty. Thus, in many cultures, unguarded praise of one's possessions or children is thought to invite misfortune. Who is typically thought to be most vulnerable to the evil eye? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

The Dog Ate My...

The "dog ate it" excuse may not cut it in the classroom, but the US Treasury is apparently more receptive to this explanation than the typical schoolteacher, and for that at least one person can be grateful. A Montana man who mailed in the remnants of what he claimed were five $100 bills eaten by his one-eyed dog received a $500 check to replace the currency. The pet owner was nothing if not committed, following his dog around for days after the incident, collecting its droppings and eventually picking out and washing the digested bill fragments. Unpleasant as they were, his efforts ultimately paid off. More...
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