Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

funambulist

Definition:(noun) An acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope.
Synonyms:tightrope walker
Usage: My daughter was enchanted by the funambulist crossing the tightrope above us at the circus.
Article of the Day

Ikebana

Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. In contrast to the decorative form of flower arranging popular in Western countries, which tends to emphasize the quantity and colors of blooms, ikebana utilizes simple linear construction to create harmony in the arrangement and bring attention to the subtle beauty of flowers, stems, leaves, and the like. Often, the components are arranged in a triangular fashion. What concepts do the points of the triangle symbolize? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Cold Harbor Ends (1864)

Cold Harbor was one of the bloodiest and most lopsided engagements of the US Civil War. As many as 13,000 Union soldiers were killed, injured, or captured in the assault on the fortified Confederate line, whereas the Confederates suffered only a few thousand casualties. After two weeks of battle, Union General Ulysses S. Grant decided he could not justify his losses and ordered a retreat, later expressing regret over the disastrous assault. Whose remains did soldiers discover while entrenching? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Martineau (1802)

A chronically ill woman who lost her hearing in childhood, Martineau nevertheless went on to become a prolific and enormously popular English author. The sister of a minister, she first published articles on religious subjects, but it was her series of books on economics written for the layman that brought her renown. After a visit to the US in 1834, she became an abolition advocate and wrote several critical works on American culture. When she died in 1876, who wrote her obituary? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone) pegged as (something)

To distinctly regard someone as being a certain type of person. More...
Today's Holiday

Philippines Independence Day (2017)

Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964) declared the Philippines independent on June 12, 1898. But the U.S. acquired the islands in 1899, and it wasn't until July 4, 1946 that they were granted full independence. For many years, Filipinos set aside July 4 to celebrate their independence; in 1962 the date was changed to June 12. Independence Day ceremonies in Manila include a military parade and the pealing of church bells. After the ceremonies are over, Filipinos devote the remainder of the day to recreation. There are games and athletic competitions, fireworks displays, and Independence Day balls. More...
In the News

Insurgents Take Second Iraqi City

Insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an offshoot of al-Qaeda several thousand fighters strong that controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, have attacked cities around western and northern Iraq this week and taken two of them, Mosul and Tikrit. As many as 500,000 people fled Mosul after the city was attacked. Even security forces reportedly fled. But government leaders have vowed to repel the militants. More...
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