Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

pirogue

Definition:(noun) A canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk.
Synonyms:dugout canoe, dugout
Usage: Then I'll take you some night in the pirogue when the moon shines.
Article of the Day

The Air France Robbery

In the 1960s, Air France was used to transport American money exchanged in France back to the US. Once the currency reached New York's JFK International Airport, it was locked in a secure strong room. In 1967, 23-year-old mobster Henry Hill orchestrated an audacious robbery of the Air France cargo terminal. Using a copy of the strong room key, Hill and his associates quietly stole $420,000. They raised no alarm and were never prosecuted for the crime. How did Hill procure the copied key? More...
This Day in History

The Granada Massacre (1066)

When Rabbi Samuel ha-Nagid died around the year 1055, his son Joseph succeeded him as leader of the Jewish community of Granada and vizier to the Berber king. At the time, figures in the Muslim community were unhappy with what they believed to be inordinate Jewish political power. Joseph, who was said to be arrogant and ostentatious, in contrast with his father, was eventually assassinated by a Muslim mob in a siege that also claimed 4,000 Jews of Granada. How was Joseph killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Simon Forman (1552)

Forman was arguably the most popular occultist, astrologer, and herbalist in Elizabethan London, despite not possessing a medical degree. He kept detailed records of his unorthodox practice, and his diaries have yielded a wealth of historical information—including contemporary accounts of Shakespeare's plays. He was posthumously implicated in a murder plot that tarnished his reputation and has been characterized as either evil or a quack. What 1611 event is he said to have accurately predicted? More...
Quotation of the Day
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

scare the (living) daylights out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. More...
Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2017)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
In the News

Fearing Pollution, Chinese Families Build "Bubbles" at Home

Liu Nanfeng has five air purifiers, two air quality monitors and a water purification system in his Beijing apartment. He buys organic. But still he worries for his 2-year-old daughter's health. "I feel safe at home, but when we go out to the mall, the ... More...
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