Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

corrode

Definition:(verb) Cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid.
Synonyms:rust, eat
Usage: Nothing can be a stronger proof of the malignant quality of the air than that the rust will immediately corrode both the iron and brass if they are not carefully covered with straw.
Article of the Day

Maison du Roi

The Maison du Roi was the entourage that attended to the needs of the French royal family from the 14th to the 19th century. It was administered by the chief steward of France until the 1700s, when a ministry was organized to oversee the thousands of employees tasked with duties such as managing the king's stables, hunting for the king's meat, providing the king's food and entertainment, and attending to the king's spiritual needs. What was the Grand Panetier charged with overseeing? More...
This Day in History

The 4th of August Regime Established in Greece (1936)

Political instability coupled with economic unrest undermined the Greek government for much of the 1920s and 30s and finally brought parliament to a standstill in 1936. On August 4 of that year, Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas declared a state of emergency, suspended parliament, and made himself dictator—with the blessing of the king. Though his 4th of August Regime suppressed political opposition, it also carried out beneficial economic and social reforms. What brought the regime to an end? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Wallenberg (1912)

In 1944, as Nazi troops rounded up hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary, Wallenberg—a Swedish citizen who had previously worked for a company run by a Hungarian Jew—asked to be posted there as a diplomat. Once there, he worked relentlessly to save tens of thousands of Jews by sheltering them on Swedish property and distributing counterfeit Swedish passports. He was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and his death while in their custody is shrouded in mystery. What might have happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

keep a sharp lookout (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations (2017)

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, Indians in a longhouse in the Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

Wrong Way Jailbreak

Most people try to break out of jail, but one Ohio woman recently decided to buck the trend and try and sneak herself in. She was caught trying to climb over a fence into the jail and refused to comply with officers' orders to stop and leave the property. Instead, she insisted they arrest her. Ultimately, the woman got her wish and was taken into custody. Officials are not sure what prompted the bizarre behavior but say alcohol may have been a factor. More...
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