Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

illusionist

Definition:(noun) Someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience.
Synonyms:conjurer, magician, prestidigitator
Usage: The illusionist snapped his fingers and was suddenly holding a dove, much to the delight of his adoring audience.
Article of the Day

George Curzon

Curzon (1859-1925) was a British statesman and champion of the colonial ideal. A member of the minor aristocracy, he was known for his intelligence as well as his ego. Viceroy of India when the Indian famine claimed up to 9 million lives, he instituted a number of reforms before eventually resigning in 1905 over a spat with a field marshal. He then served as chancellor of Oxford and became foreign secretary in 1919. What was the one thing he desperately wanted, and did not get, before he died? More...
This Day in History

Children Report Visions of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal (1917)

In 1917, three children were herding sheep in Fátima when, according to their story, the Virgin Mary appeared to them. They claimed that she continued to appear to them on the 13th of every month, relaying messages and prophesies. Word of the visions spread, and at one point, the children were arrested. Then, on October 13, thousands reported seeing the sun spin in the sky near Fátima, which became a pilgrimage site. Two of the children died before the age of 12. What happened to the third? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Theresa of Austria (1717)

Maria Theresa became Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Bohemia and Hungary upon the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Lacking a male heir, he had initiated the Pragmatic Sanction providing for female heirs to inherit the Habsburg property and throne. She married Emperor Francis I and bore him 16 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood. Two of their sons became emperors, and two of their daughters became queens. One queen was Marie Antoinette of France. Who was the other? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sea—this truth must be confessed—has no generosity. No display of manly qualities—courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness—has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

in the unlikely event (that) (something) happens

If a very improbable outcome turns out to be the case. More...
Today's Holiday

International Bar-B-Q Festival (2017)

This is a two-day mouth-watering event in Owensboro, Kentucky, which calls itself the Bar-B-Q Capital of the World. In the course of the weekend, 10 tons of mutton, 5,000 chickens, and 1,500 gallons of burgoo are cooked and served. The barbecue-pit fires are lit on the banks of the Ohio River, and the chicken and meat—always mutton, not beef—is barbecued when the coals are red. Other events include arts and crafts exhibits, bluegrass and country music, street dancing, and contests of pie eating, keg throwing and horseshoe throwing. More...
In the News

Mural Discovery Counters Maya Doomsday Myth

Archeologists have found new evidence debunking the myth that the Maya believed the world would end on December 21, 2012. Excavations at Xultún, a Maya city rediscovered in the early 20th century, revealed calculations, including dates some 7,000 years in the future, painted on the wall of what is believed to be a scribe's workroom. Perhaps more significant is the fact that this is the only known mural adorning an ancient Maya house. The simple fact that it exists would suggest that there are other such artworks that have yet to be discovered. More...
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