Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

entreaty

Definition:(noun) An earnest request or petition; a plea.
Synonyms:appeal, prayer
Usage: Nothing is wanting but to have you here, and it is our particular wish and entreaty that you would come to us as soon as you can.
Article of the Day

The Peutinger Table

The Tabula Peutingeriana, or Peutinger Table, is the sole surviving copy of an itinerarium, or map, depicting the road network of the ancient Roman Empire. The original map was last revised in the 4th or early 5th century and covered Europe, parts of Asia, and North Africa, including Roman settlements and the roads that connected them. In the 13th century, a monk assembled the 22-ft (6.75-m) long scroll using 11 parchment sections. The map indicates the existence of what lands? More...
This Day in History

Garfield Debuts (1978)

When Garfield debuted in 1978, the comic strip appeared in just 41 newspapers. Today, Jim Davis's strip about a lazy, sarcastic cat and his lonely owner, Jon Arbuckle, is syndicated in more than 2,500 papers with a readership of more than 200 million people. The feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays has spawned books, movies, and merchandise, which are sold in more than 100 countries and earn nearly $1 billion each year. How have Internet artists altered the strip in unusual ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More...
Quotation of the Day
Gallows, n.: A stage for the performance of miracle plays, in which the leading actor is translated to heaven.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. More...
Today's Holiday

Juneteenth (2017)

Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn't until two years later that the word reached the slaves in Texas. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865 with the intention of forcing slave owners to release their slaves, and the day has been celebrated since that time in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and other parts of the Deep South under the nickname "Juneteenth." Observed primarily in African-American communities, Juneteenth festivities usually include parades, picnics, and baseball games. More...
In the News

Phytoplankton Have Turned the Bosphorus a Stunning Turquoise

The Bosphorus is a strait that separates Europe from Asia — and in recent days, its normally dark blue waters have turned a remarkable turquoise. Some residents of Istanbul, noticing the suddenly bright and milky waters, wondered on social media ... More...
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