Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

unexampled

Definition:(adjective) Without precedent; unparalleled.
Synonyms:new
Usage: It was a time of unexampled prosperity, and the once poor family was able to move to a lovely mansion in an affluent neighborhood.
Article of the Day

Order of the Solar Temple

Shrouded in mystery, the Order of the Solar Temple was a secret society founded in 1984 that claimed descent from the original Knights Templar. Though little information about the group has been confirmed, its practices are believed to incorporate elements of Protestantism, new age philosophy, and Freemasonry. In 1994, mass murder-suicides at Solar Temple lodges in Switzerland and Canada left over 100 dead. What artifact did one founder claim he was given in a previous life 1,000 years earlier? More...
This Day in History

Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

Qatar, located on a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, became a British protectorate in 1916. It remained under British control for more than 50 years, a period during which oil was discovered there and Qatar rapidly modernized. In 1968, Britain declared that it would disengage from the region, and Qatar joined a federation of nearby states. However, disputes arose, and, in 1971, Qatar became an independent state. Prior to the discovery of oil there, Qatar was noted for what unusual industry? More...
Today's Birthday

Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry's mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry's 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thou know'st the o'er-eager vehemence of youth,
How quick in temper, and in judgment weak.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) final resting place

The location where one's body is interred after death. More...
Today's Holiday

Hatch Chile Festival (2017)

This event pays tribute to the green chili (as it is more commonly spelled outside of New Mexico), New Mexico's state vegetable. The small town of Hatch is the center of the chili-growing industry. At festival time, the aroma of chilis permeates the town, and a marvelous variety of chilis in all forms can be purchased: dried red chilis in ornamental braids called ristras, chili salsa, chili jelly, chili wine, and chili con carne. Besides food, the festival features the crowning of a Green Chile Queen, a skeet shoot, a fiddling contest, a cook-off, and a ristra-making contest. More...
In the News

Hyperloop pod breaks own high-speed record

Tests of the futuristic hyperloop transport system have managed to propel one of its pods at 355km/h (220mph). The tests establish a new record for the technology only days after a separate prototype hit 324km/h. Hyperloop puts pods in an airless ... More...
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