Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

lily-livered

Definition:(adjective) Weak or lacking in courage; cowardly.
Synonyms:chickenhearted, yellow-bellied
Usage: I have never seen such a lily-livered bunch of wimps in my life!
Article of the Day

The Lost Boys of Sudan

Since the 1980s, when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out, more than 20,000 of the nation's boys have been displaced or orphaned. Most of these "Lost Boys"—separated from their families when government troops attacked villages in southern Sudan—walked for years in search of safety, traveling over a thousand miles to refugee camps. More than half died along the way. Many of the survivors have since been resettled in the US. What happened to Sudan's "Lost Girls"? More...
This Day in History

Harold Macmillan Delivers "Wind of Change" Speech (1960)

British statesman Harold Macmillan held several government posts during World War II, including minister resident in North Africa. After serving in several other positions, he became prime minister in 1957. Macmillan accelerated Britain's decolonization, especially in Africa. In a memorable speech to the South African parliament in 1960, he said a "wind of change" was sweeping across Africa, which was experiencing a growth in national consciousness. What were the reactions to the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Norman Rockwell (1894)

Rockwell was an American illustrator whose idealized scenes of family life in small-town America gained enormous popularity with the public. His illustrations appeared in major periodicals such as Collier's and Life. From 1916 to 1963, he produced 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and during WWII his patriotic posters were distributed by the government. What unusually serious subject did the sentimental illustrator cover for Look magazine later in his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

however much

No matter how much. More...
Today's Holiday

Quebec Winter Carnival (2017)

The celebration of winter that has been held since the mid-1950s in Quebec City ranks among the great carnivals of the world. It begins with the Queen's Ball at the Château Frontenac and a parade of illuminated floats. More than 40,000 tons of snow are trucked in to construct a large snow castle, which is illuminated at night and which serves as a mock jail. Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's seven-foot-high snowman mascot dressed in a red cap and traditional sash, roams the streets teasing children and looking for people to lock up in the Ice Palace. More...
In the News

Nowhere to Turn

About a third of adults in the UK believe that they would be on their own in a crisis, with no one to lean on for support if such an event should befall them. Most of those surveyed said they had already experienced at least one period of crisis in the past, and over a third thought they could go through another within the next five years. Despite this, many remain reluctant to turn to a volunteer organization in times of need; some are too ashamed, and others worry about diverting resources away from others who need them. More...
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