Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

lugubrious

Definition:(adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Synonyms:dreary, woeful, morose, funereal, doleful
Usage: He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child's birthday party.
Article of the Day

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? More...
This Day in History

The Reichstag Fire (1933)

The 1933 fire at the German Parliament building known as the Reichstag was a pivotal event in the establishment of Nazi Germany. Allegedly set by a Dutch communist, the fire was used by Adolf Hitler to turn public opinion against his opponents, especially the communists. Immediately after the fire, he enacted a decree suspending constitutional protection of personal rights, effectively establishing the Nazi Party dictatorship. Why do some believe the fire was set by the Nazis themselves? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886)

Black was a US Supreme Court Justice for 34 years. A prominent supporter of the New Deal, he was also in the majority that struck down mandatory school prayer and guaranteed the availability of legal counsel to suspected criminals. He was known for an absolutist belief in the Bill of Rights, and his last major opinion supported the right of The New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers, which revealed improper government conduct. To what secret society did Black once belong? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

rarer than hens' teeth

Incredibly scarce or rare; extremely difficult or impossible to find. More...
Today's Holiday

Shrove Monday (2017)

Many countries celebrate Shrove Monday as well as Shrove Tuesday, both days marking a time of preparation for Lent. It is often a day for eating pastry, as the butter and eggs in the house must all be used up before Lent. In Greece it is known as Clean Monday and is observed by holding picnics at which Lenten foods are served. In Iceland, the Monday before Lent is known as Bun Day. The significance of the name is twofold: it is a day for striking people on the buttocks with a stick before they get out of bed as well as a day for eating sweet buns with whipped cream. More...
In the News

A Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger than the Sun

Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole that they say is 12 billion times the size of the Sun and formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole is larger than any of its age previously seen, the journal Nature ... More...
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