Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 1, 2013)
Word of the Day

labored

Definition:(adjective) Requiring or showing effort.
Synonyms:heavy
Usage: He knocked again, harder than before, for behind him he heard the steps and the labored breathing of his persecutors.
Article of the Day

The London Monster

A century before Jack the Ripper came on the scene, a mysterious assailant was already terrorizing the women of London. Between 1788 and 1790, dozens of reports surfaced of women being stabbed with a spike hidden in a man’s floral arrangement or slashed across the buttocks by knives attached to a man’s knees. After a reward was offered for the capture of "the Monster," vigilantes began assaulting suspicious men. In 1790, a suspect in the attacks was convicted of what unusual charge? More...
This Day in History

First Volume of Oxford English Dictionary Is Published (1884)

Though the first volume, A–Ant, was published in 1884, the first complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was not published until 1928. Planned as a 10-year project, the 44-year undertaking resulted in a comprehensive, historical dictionary of English—the longest in the world today. It required more than 800 volunteers to compile material, including one who, it was later learned, turned out to be working from an asylum for the criminally insane. Why was he there? More...
Today's Birthday

William Clark Gable (1901)

Despite having such large ears that some doubted he could become a romantic lead, Gable had a rugged masculinity and lighthearted charm that proved popular with audiences. The actor debuted on Broadway in 1928 and went to Hollywood in 1930. There he starred in Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, and It Happened One Night, for which he won an Academy Award. What tragedy prompted him to give up show business and become a bomber pilot during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
History, n.: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

which way the wind blows

What appears probable or likely; how a certain course or situation is likely to develop. More...
Today's Holiday

Rwanda National Heroes' Day (2017)

Rwandans celebrate Heroes' Day on February 1. National celebrations take place starting early in the morning with the laying of wreaths at the Heroes' Cemetery at Remera, Kigali, by the president, officials of the government, and the families of the country's heroes. Wreaths are also laid at Nyange in memory of students who stood against the rebel forces of the Rwandan genocide. The national Heroes' Day celebration at Nyange features songs, dances, and poems praising the virtues and good example of the national heroes. More...
In the News

Cuddly Killers Threaten Wildlife

Domestic cats are valued by humans both for their companionship and their skill at hunting vermin and other household pests. Yet, it appears that we have long underestimated their killing prowess. A recent study estimates that cats are responsible for an astounding number of bird and mammal deaths each year, reaching well into the billions in the US alone. The numbers are so staggering that researchers have named the domestic cat the top threat to US wildlife, particularly the country's native birds. More...
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