Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

occlude

Definition:(verb) To cause to become closed.
Synonyms:obturate, impede, obstruct, jam, block
Usage: The excess inventory had occluded the exit, and was deemed a hazard by the safety inspector.
Article of the Day

Rugby

The game of rugby originated in the early 19th century in, according to tradition, Rugby, England. It is related to both soccer and American football and is said to have started when a soccer player picked up the ball and ran with it. It was introduced into the US in 1875 but faded as American football developed. Unlike that sport, rugby features almost continuous play. Though tackling is permitted, blocking is forbidden, and players may not pass the ball forward. What is the "scrum"? More...
This Day in History

Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote Is Published (1605)

A founding work of modern Western literature, Cervantes's Don Quixote presents a profound picture of the divide between idealistic and realistic world views. A burlesque of chivalric romances, it was an immediate success. In 1614, a spurious Part II was published by an unidentified author who insulted Cervantes in his prologue. Offended, Cervantes responded by publishing his own Part II, which some literary critics consider superior to Part I. What is Don Quixote's real name in the book? More...
Today's Birthday

Eric Henry Liddell (1902)

Liddell was a Scottish athlete and missionary. Because of his Christian convictions, Liddell refused to run track events on Sundays, a decision that forced him to withdraw from his best event, the 100-meter sprint, during the 1924 Paris Olympics. Instead, he ran the 400 meters, winning the gold medal and breaking the existing world record. His story is depicted in the Academy Award-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Why is he listed in some literature as China's first Olympic champion? More...
Quotation of the Day
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

hold the reins

To have or be in control, especially of a group, project, or situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Ati-Atihan Festival (2017)

This is one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines, held in Kalibo, the capital city of the province of Aklan. Originally falling on the Feast Day of Santo Niño, the celebration combines Christian and non-Christian elements. During the present-day festival, revelers cover their skin with soot and wear Ati costumes that are patchworks of coconut shells, feathers, and fronds. They converge on the main streets, pound their spears, and repeatedly dance a two-step dance. From a distance, the celebrants look like a solid mass of people lurching in a frenzied rhythm. More...
In the News

Rare Coin Costs a Pretty Penny

A California coin collector recently paid a record-setting $2.6 million at auction for one of the first pennies manufactured in the US. The coveted one-cent piece is a 1792 prototype penny known as the "Birch Cent," in honor of its engraver, Robert Birch. Only 10 such coins are believed to exist, and this one's new owner was so thrilled with his purchase that he spent more than $2.2 million on one of America's first quarters at an auction the following day. More...
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