Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

built-in

Definition:(adjective) Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic.
Synonyms:inherent, integral, constitutional
Usage: I have learned to tame it, but competitiveness is a built-in part of my personality, and I cannot discard it completely.
Article of the Day

Carchemish

Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Carchemish was a city located in what is now southern Turkey, near its border with Syria. Coveted for its location on the western bank of the Euphrates River, the city changed hands among the Mitanni, Hittite, and Assyrian Empires over the span of the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, and Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II defeated the Egyptians there in a battle recorded in the Bible. What delayed archaeological excavations of Carchemish's extensive ruins? More...
This Day in History

James Earl Ray Escapes from Prison Again (1977)

In 1967, Ray, who was serving time for armed robbery, escaped from prison by hiding in a bread truck. He remained at large until 1968, when he was captured in London following an international manhunt sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. In 1977, he once again escaped, but this time he was recaptured within days. In 1969, Ray recanted his confession and claimed that who was responsible for King's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Tara Lipinski (1982)

Lipinski is an American figure skater who, at the age of 14, won both the US and World Championships, becoming the youngest person ever to win either title. In 1998, she also became the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympic history. Shortly thereafter, she launched her professional skating career, a move that was sharply criticized by some. The next year, she became the youngest person to win the World Professional Figure Skating Championships. Why did she stop skating in 2002? More...
Quotation of the Day
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have done with (someone or something)

To be finished with someone or something; to cease being involved with someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (2017)

One of the largest such events in the country, the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival is held in Oklahoma City and draws participants from more than 150 Native American tribes. The three-day festival features arts and crafts, dancing, and parades. The name Oklahoma means "red people," being derived from two Choctaw words, okla, meaning "people," and humma, meaning "red." There are 35 tribes with tribal councils now living in Oklahoma. Their population is more than 175,000, the second largest of any state in the nation. More...
In the News

Billionaire Saudi Prince Sues Forbes for Understating His Wealth

Forbes is under attack after publishing its annual ranking of the world's billionaires and listing Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 26th place, with an estimated net worth of $20 billion. The prince, grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia and nephew to the king, claims the publication undervalued him by $9.6 billion and has filed suit in the UK for libel. The list was published back in March and provoked immediate criticism from the royal's camp, but Forbes has stood by its assessment, prompting the piqued prince to take legal action. More...
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