Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

thaumaturge

Definition:(noun) One who practices magic or sorcery.
Synonyms:necromancer, sorcerer, wizard, magician
Usage: The self-proclaimed thaumaturge bowed to his audience before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Article of the Day

Pulp Magazines

Pulp magazines were popular, inexpensive fiction magazines published from the late 19th century through the 1950s, primarily in the US. Printed on cheap paper with ragged, untrimmed edges, "pulps" were cheaper than books or standard magazines. While many respected, now-famous authors wrote for pulps, the magazines were known for their lurid, exploitative stories and sensational cover art, often featuring scantily-clad women. What famous masked hero made his rapier-toting debut in pulp magazines? More...
This Day in History

Adams-Onís Treaty: Spain Sells Florida to the US (1819)

In the early 1800s, tensions between the US and Spain were increasing over border disputes in North America. With Spanish power in the New World declining, it was widely believed that Spain would lose land to the US. The Adams-Onís Treaty settled the dispute by attempting to draw clearer borders, roughly granting Florida and Louisiana to the US while giving everything west of Louisiana to Spain. The US did not pay Spain directly for the new land. Instead, it compensated Spain in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857)

Powell was a British army officer and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, later the Girl Scouts. He was a hero of the South African War and author of Aids to Scouting, a military textbook. Upon learning that his book was being used to train boys in woodcraft, he wrote Scouting for Boys and established the Boy Scout movement in 1908. In 1910, with his sister and wife, he founded the Girl Guides. What disguise did Powell use while gathering information in war? More...
Quotation of the Day
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2017)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
In the News

US Apologizes for Qur'an Burning

The US military is facing intense criticism in Afghanistan for burning copies of the Qur'an on an American airbase near Bagram. According to US sources, the copies of the Qur'an, along with other Islamic texts, were inadvertently sent for incineration after military officials discovered that prisoners were using them to pass extremist messages to one another. Afghan laborers on the base noticed the burning Qur'ans and tried to recover them. US and NATO officials have issued apologies and stated that steps will be taken to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again, but the incident has no doubt dealt a heavy blow to already strained US-Afghan relations. More...
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