Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

bauble

Definition:(noun) A small, showy ornament of little value.
Synonyms:fallal, gaud, gewgaw, trinket, bangle, novelty
Usage: The tacky bauble she wore around her neck was intended to attract attention, but it mostly drew snickers.
Article of the Day

Aristotle Onassis

Onassis was a Turkish-born Greek financier and shipping magnate who pioneered the use of oil supertankers. He purchased his first ships in the early 1930s, and, over the next couple of decades, his fleet grew to be larger than the navies of many countries. He also founded Olympic Airways, the Greek national carrier. Onassis's first marriage, to Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros Livanos, was ended by his famous affair with opera diva Maria Callas. Whom did he marry in 1968? 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
Funny how the new things are the old things.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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

Love Poses Hazard on Paris Bridge

Paris is widely regarded as the romance capital of the world, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than its Pont des Arts footbridge spanning the Seine. The bridge has, in recent years, become a pilgrimage site for couples from all over the world, who have taken to leaving padlocks inscribed with their initials on the bridge's fencing and tossing away the keys into the waters below to symbolize their enduring love for one another. Romantic as the gesture is, it has also proved to be quite destructive. Recently, a metal grill laden with "love locks" collapsed onto the bridge's walkway. No one was hurt, but the incident highlights the danger of this seemingly innocuous practice. More...
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