Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

installment

Definition:(noun) A part of a broadcast serial.
Synonyms:episode
Usage: The latest installment of my favorite television show will air this Thursday.
Article of the Day

Mob Football

Mob football, a precursor to modern soccer and rugby, emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. It typically involved an unlimited number of players from neighboring villages. The rules were vague and few. In some versions, any means short of murder could be used to move the ball back and forth. The game likely resembled a riot, and although mob football became an annual tradition in some places, it was frequently banned. According to legend, what was used as the first football? More...
This Day in History

Pete Rose Is Banned from Baseball (1989)

During his 24-year baseball career, Rose played in more games and got more hits than any player in history. Even so, the onetime Most Valuable Player could not avoid a lifetime ban from the sport after being accused of betting on baseball games—including those of his own team. In return for not having the charges formally proven, Rose accepted the banishment, which rendered him ineligible for induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. However, he later spent five months in federal prison—for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Siaka Stevens (1905)

Almost immediately after being sworn in as prime minister of Sierra Leone in 1967, Stevens was overthrown in a coup. He was recalled from exile after another coup 13 months later. In 1971, he became the first president of Sierra Leone, and during his tenure he made Sierra Leone a single-party state. His administration was plagued by corruption and economic mismanagement, and despite economic and civil turmoil, he remained in office until his peaceful retirement in 1985. Who succeeded him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit of it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

Lady Luck

The personification of fortune, whether good or bad. (Sometimes spelled in lowercase.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Bartholomew's Day (2017)

St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of beekeepers and honey-makers, and for this reason it was traditional in England for the honey crop to be gathered on August 24. Since the main ingredient in mead—an ancient alcoholic drink that is still made in some parts of England today—is honey, the Blessing of the Mead is also observed on St. Bartholomew's Day. More...
In the News

Bear Bears the Brunt of Moose-Induced Accident

A wandering moose walked away unscathed from an accident it caused involving a bear and a car, but the other parties were not as lucky. The collision occurred when a Norwegian driver swerved to avoid the moose, which had found its way onto a rural road, and ran his car straight into a nearby bear instead. Blood found at the scene indicates that the bear may have sustained internal injuries, and wildlife authorities quickly mounted a search for the wounded animal. The vehicle also sustained damage, though the driver of the car was unhurt. More...
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