Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 5, 2014)
Word of the Day

materfamilias

Definition:(noun) A female head of a family or tribe.
Synonyms:matriarch
Usage: As materfamilias, my grandmother calls the shots on holidays like Thanksgiving, and no one dares question her.
Article of the Day

Martin Guerre

In the 16th century, a French peasant named Martin Guerre abruptly disappeared after being accused of stealing grain from his father. He moved to Spain and joined the army. He was wounded during a military campaign, and his leg had to be amputated. After spending some time in a monastery, Guerre returned to France, only to discover that an imposter had been living with his family. When faced with the real Martin Guerre, his relatives realized they had been had. What happened to the imposter? More...
This Day in History

Cinco de Mayo (1862)

Cinco de Mayo, the "Fifth of May," is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unexpected victory over invading French troops at the Battle of Puebla. It is widely observed in Mexico and the US, particularly as a celebration of Mexican culture. However, it is distinct from Mexico's Independence Day, which is held annually on September 16 and commemorates Mexico's independence from Spanish rule in 1810. What became of the French after the Battle of Puebla? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Cochrane, AKA Nellie Bly (1864)

Cochrane was a pioneering female journalist who wrote under the pseudonym Nellie Bly. She wrote investigative articles on topics such as the plight of female factory workers, and as a young woman worked as a foreign correspondent in Mexico. She later feigned insanity to gain access to an asylum and wrote an exposé that prompted much-needed reforms. In 1889, she circumnavigated the globe in 72 days, besting the fictional feat conceived by Jules Verne. What famous figure did she meet on the way? More...
Quotation of the Day
The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf—it's almost a law.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

follow (someone or something) in stride

To follow the direction, lead, or guidance (of someone or something); to act in accordance (with someone or something); to follow suit. More...
Today's Holiday

Thailand Coronation Day (2017)

On May 5, 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned Rama IX of Thailand, the ninth king of the Chakri dynasty. Ever since, the day has been celebrated as Coronation Day in Thailand. On May 4th, the Chief of Brahmin priests reads out the official proclamation of Coronation Day. On May 5, the Buddhist monks are given a feast and the king wears his full regalia. At noon, the Royal Thai Army and Navy each give a 21-gun salute. Later in the day, the king awards medals and decorations to those citizens who have done outstanding services for the state. More...
In the News

Wrongful Convictions in US Capital Cases Higher than Thought

Capital punishment is a highly controversial topic, and new calculations about the rate of wrongful death sentences in the US are adding fuel to the fire. Using data about US death sentence convictions and exonerations, researchers concluded that about 4 percent of people sentenced to death between 1973 and 2004—some 300 people—were actually innocent, a higher rate than previously thought. While 117 were subsequently exonerated, the majority of those wrongfully sentenced to death were not. More...
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