Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

choleric

Definition:(adjective) Quickly aroused to anger.
Synonyms:hot-tempered, hotheaded, irascible, quick-tempered, short-tempered
Usage: Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.
Article of the Day

Albertus Magnus

Magnus was a 13th-century Dominican bishop regarded as one of the greatest German philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages. He taught Thomas Aquinas, was a major Aristotelian scholar and commentator, and wrote prolifically on myriad subjects. Extraordinarily well-read, he possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of a vast array of scientific and philosophical disciplines. Various legends portray him as a magician or alchemist. His refusal to ride horses earned him what affectionate nickname? More...
This Day in History

Domitian Becomes Emperor of Rome (81 CE)

The son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Domitian was second in line for the throne, yet he was only given positions of nominal importance prior to succeeding his older brother Titus, whom he most likely had killed. Though his laws were severe and increasingly despotic, his administration was ostensibly egalitarian, and he is said to have governed the empire well. Still, defeats in Britain and Germany undermined his leadership. About which of his physical traits was he reportedly extremely sensitive? More...
Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

leap to (someone's) mind

To suddenly or immediately materialize in someone's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de los Charros (2017)

Today's Mexican charros are more sportsmen than cowboys or ranchers. On September 14, the day before the Mexico Festival of Independence, many of the charro associations organize parades and rodeos. The jaripeo, or rodeo, generally consists of 10 or more events involving special horse-handling skills and exhibitions of various tricks. Perhaps the most difficult trick is the paso de la muerte (death's pass), where the charro pursues a wild horse, switching from his own horse's saddle to the back of the wild horse at full gallop. More...
In the News

Swallowed Diamond Was Fake

The Chinese man who was arrested last week for trying to steal a diamond by swallowing it at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka actually swallowed a fake diamond, possibly in an attempt to let his accomplice escape with the real stone, police said. After his arrest, an X-ray of the suspect showed a stone lodged in his throat. However, police retrieved the gem after the man was given laxatives, and determined it to be a fake—just like the other six fakes found in his pocket. The real stone, valued at 1.8 million rupees, or $13,000, is still missing, and police are searching for the man who fled the scene. More...
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