Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

frame-up

Definition:(noun) An act that incriminates someone on a false charge.
Synonyms:setup
Usage: He was innocent and the victim of a frame-up.
Article of the Day

Postcards

Postcards are a way to send message-bearing cards through the mail without an envelope. The earliest known picture postcard was sent in London to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840. Hook most likely created the hand-painted card and sent it to himself as a practical joke on the postal service, since the image on the card is a caricature of post office workers. Today, stamp collectors and deltiologists—collectors of postcards—distinguish between postcards and postal cards. What is the difference? More...
This Day in History

Harvard College Is Founded (1636)

Founded with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard College was named for its first benefactor, John Harvard. He bequeathed his books and about £780 to the fledgling college. The oldest and one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the US, Harvard originally trained Puritan ministers. Today, it has the largest university endowment in the US, estimated at more than $25 billion in 2009. Why did Harvard athletes first adopt the color red? More...
Today's Birthday

Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Waugh was an English novelist who is widely considered the greatest satirist of his generation. His novels, characterized by sardonic wit, technical brilliance, and his devoted Catholicism, include A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited. Waugh also wrote amusing travel books. After service in World War II, he led a retired life, and his writing grew increasingly misanthropic. In 1925, Waugh's suicide attempt was thwarted when he was coincidentally attacked by what animal? More...
Quotation of the Day
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. More...
Today's Holiday

Señor de los Milagros (2017)

A religious brotherhood affiliated with the church of Las Nazarenas in Lima, Peru, has maintained an annual devotional procession that began in the 17th century and centers on a painting of Christ, known as Señor de los Milagros, or Lord of the Miracles. Many men are required to carry the two-ton litter, upon which rests the portion of the wall with the painting. The procession attracts thousands of people, making it one of the most well attended processions in South America. Along the route, food stands offer numerous delicacies, especially the traditional sweet, Turrón de Doña Pepa. More...
In the News

Water Use Outstrips Population Growth

According to the World Resources Institute, water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population growth over the past century and will likely increase considerably in coming years. While we probably will not run out of water in the near future, access to fresh, clean water is a growing issue. Billions of people already lack access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, and millions die each year of preventable waterborne diseases. One company estimates that by 2030 there could be a 40 percent shortfall between water demand and available supplies. More...
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