Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

wayfarer

Definition:(noun) A traveler going on a trip.
Synonyms:journeyer
Usage: A little way past the inn we came upon a notice-board whereon the lord of the manor warned all wayfarers against trespassing.
Article of the Day

The Queen of Sheba

Said to have been a descendent of Abraham, the Queen of Sheba was a monarch of a biblical-era kingdom of great wealth, thought to be located near modern-day Yemen or Ethiopia. The story of her visit to King Solomon of Israel appears in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious texts and in Ethiopian legends, but the accounts vary widely. In some, she lavishes Solomon with gifts and challenges him with riddles. In others, she marries him or is converted by him. Who is said to have been their son? More...
This Day in History

Kaprun Disaster Leaves 155 Dead (2000)

High above the Austrian ski resort of Kaprun, a funicular railway car carrying over 160 people to a glacier caught fire after a defective heater ignited hydraulic brake fluid in the rear of the car. Only partway through a 2-mi (3.2-km) tunnel, the car came to a sudden halt. As the fire grew, the passengers were plunged into darkness and trapped behind inoperable doors. Almost all who managed to escape the burning car suffocated in the tunnel. How did the 12 survivors manage to escape to safety? More...
Today's Birthday

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922)

An influential American writer, Vonnegut used wry, black humor to highlight the horrors of 20th-century civilization. His novels, which include Breakfast of Champions and Player Piano, are frequently satirical and pessimistic, yet morally urgent. The best-selling Slaughterhouse-Five was based on Vonnegut's experience of surviving the firebombing of Dresden. Which of Vonnegut's novels was accepted by the University of Chicago as his thesis for an anthropology degree? More...
Quotation of the Day
Breed is stronger than pasture.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

Hell and half of Georgia

A great distance or area; a huge amount of space. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Veterans Day (Emporia, Kansas) (2017)

Veterans Day was founded in Emporia, Kansas, on November 11, 1953. For decades, November 11 was observed in the United States as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of World War I. But in 1953 the City of Emporia created a special program to honor all veterans; the U.S. Congress passed a bill changing the name of the federal holiday the following year. In recognition of its role in defining Veterans Day, Emporia celebrates the holiday with 10 days of special events, including museum exhibits, races, essay and poster contests, luncheons, and memorial luminaria. More...
In the News

Proximity to Bar Could Influence Drinking Habits

A Finnish study has found that living near a bar increases one's odds of becoming a heavy drinker. It could be argued that people who are heavy drinkers choose to move where there are bars nearby, but researchers observed similar drinking rates in individuals who stayed put and had bars open close to their homes, suggesting that the proximity factor impacts even those who do not seek out such establishments when choosing where to live. More...
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