Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

misadventure

Definition:(noun) An instance of misfortune.
Synonyms:mischance, mishap
Usage: D'Artagnan ran home immediately, and although it was three o'clock in the morning and he had some of the worst quarters of Paris to traverse, he met with no misadventure.
Article of the Day

The Socialite Serial Killer

According to New Orleans legend, socialite Delphine LaLaurie was a serial killer who tortured and murdered slaves in her home. Though the more gruesome accounts of her activities remain unverified, her cruelty was documented in at least one instance. In April of 1834, a fire at her mansion led to the discovery of seven slaves chained together inside, mutilated but alive. LaLaurie is said to have escaped to Paris. Which Hollywood actor later bought the LaLaurie house, then lost it? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher Escapes Assassination Attempt (1984)

In 1984, five people were killed and over 30 injured when a bomb tore through a hotel in Brighton, England, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying for a conference. The bomb had been planted weeks earlier by a Provisional Irish Republican Army operative. Though Thatcher's suite was damaged, she was uninjured. She attended the conference that morning as scheduled, and her popularity soared. How did attendees replace their destroyed clothes in time for the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. (1710)

The only colonial governor to side with the colonists in the American Revolution, Trumbull made Connecticut a principal source of supplies for the Continental army. It is said that the name "Brother Jonathan," a humorous designation for the American people collectively, arose from an affectionate nickname George Washington gave to Trumbull during the war. How did Trumbull reply to a request for assistance from British General Thomas Gage after the Battles of Lexington and Concord? More...
Quotation of the Day
It ill becomes you to assail one who cannot defend himself.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

like rats abandoning a sinking ship

With great haste and having only personal well-being in mind. (Typically said of people who begin abandoning something or someone that is failing or about to fail.) More...
Today's Holiday

Shemini Atzeret (2017)

Shemini Atzeret, or "eighth day of solemn assembly," is actually the eighth day of the festival of Sukkot, but it is celebrated as a separate holiday dedicated to the love of God. The second day of Shemini Atzeret is known as Simhat Torah and is also celebrated separately by Orthodox and Conservative Jews. Most Reform Jews celebrate Shemini Atzeret concurrently with Simhat Torah. It is also one of four Jewish holidays on which the Yizkor, or memorial rite for the dead, is observed. The other three are Yom Kippur, the second day of Shavuot, and the last day of Passover. More...
In the News

Forget Gold, Planet Whose Streets Are Paved with Diamonds

Astronomers believe that a planet 40 light years away in the constellation of Cancer could be a "diamond planet." Discovered in 2004 orbiting a sun-like star, 55 Cancri e has been the focus of much study, and recent analysis indicates that it is likely composed largely of carbon, in the form of diamond and graphite, rather than water and granite. The planet is eight times more massive than Earth, and about three Earth masses worth could be made of diamond. More...
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