Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

raillery

Definition:(noun) Light teasing repartee.
Synonyms:backchat, banter, give-and-take
Usage: Excitement instantly seized the whole party: a running fire of raillery and jests was proceeding when Sam returned.
Article of the Day

Texting

Text messages are brief written messages exchanged between mobile phones or other mobile communications devices. Texting originated in the 1990s with the Short Message Service (SMS), a system that supports messages of up to 160 characters, and has since become a global phenomenon. With billions of texters around the world, texting has created new forms of interaction and has had a wide social impact that extends to language, crime, and politics. What was the first text message ever sent? More...
This Day in History

Santiago, Chile, Founded (1541)

Santiago is the capital and the largest city of Chile. Just months after it was founded on the banks of the Mapocho River by Spanish conquistadors, the settlement was nearly wiped out by the indigenous Mapuche peoples. Today, it is one of the largest cities in South America, having survived the 1647 earthquake that leveled the city, frequent flooding from the Mapocho, and a number of other calamities. What meteorological phenomenon traps smog in the city? More...
Today's Birthday

William Roscoe Estep (1920)

Estep was an American Baptist historian, author, and professor of church history. He was considered one of the world's leading authorities on the Anabaptist movement, a Christian sect that rejects infant baptism and practices the ritual of believer's baptism only after a person has made a declaration of faith. Estep wrote numerous works, including books on subjects such as Baptist and Anabaptist history, religious liberty, and world missions. At what theological seminary did he teach? More...
Quotation of the Day
I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

circle the drain

To be in a state of severe deterioration such that one is approaching inevitable ruin, failure, or death. Usually used in the continuous form. More...
Today's Holiday

Myanmar Union Day (2017)

In the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, Union Day commemorates the day in 1947 that Bogyoke Aung San, a Burmese nationalist leader, helped to unify all of Burma. Five days before Union Day, an annual relay of the Union flag begins. A ceremony to mark the start of the relay is held at City Hall. The flag is carried through 45 townships before arriving at People's Square on Pyay Road for a Union Day ceremony. More...
In the News

Protests Prompt Egypt's President to Resign

After weeks of demonstrations by protesters frustrated by poverty, corruption, unemployment, and autocratic rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Friday. The announcement was made by Vice President Omar Suleiman on national TV and prompted joyous cheers of "Egypt is Free! Egypt is free!" from the hundreds of thousands of Egyptian protesters massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square. A military council will run the government until September, when free and fair presidential elections are to be held. More...
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