Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

statecraft

Definition:(noun) The art of conducting public affairs.
Synonyms:statesmanship, diplomacy
Usage: Only through superior statecraft was he able to avoid a war while simultaneously achieving favorable trade conditions.
Article of the Day

King Solomon

King Solomon was the third and last king of the united Israel, builder of the temple in Jerusalem, and renowned for his great wisdom, wealth, and power. His history is recorded in the Bible in Kings and Chronicles. What led to Solomon's decline and fall? More...
This Day in History

Veder Snaps Pulitzer Prize-Winning Burst of Joy (1973)

Taken at the end of the Vietnam War, Slava "Sal" Veder's Burst of Joy became a symbol of the widespread sentiment in America that the horrors of war were over and military families could begin the healing process. The photo captures the return home of Lt. Col. Robert Stirm, who had been shot down over North Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for over five years. It shows his children running to greet him on the tarmac, his daughter with open arms. Why was the reunion bittersweet? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr. (1902)

A practicing attorney, Jones was only an amateur golfer, yet in 1930 he became the only man to win four major golf championships in a single year and the only sports figure to be honored with two New York City ticker-tape parades. At 28, he had already won 13 major championships. He was hailed for his sportsmanship when he lost a major tournament by one stroke after calling a penalty on himself for an infraction that no one else saw. What was the infraction, and what tournament did he lose? More...
Quotation of the Day
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

in a bad light

Negatively; under unfavorable circumstances. (Typically used with the verbs "see" or "show," or some similar variation.) More...
Today's Holiday

Liberalia (2017)

Liber and Libera were ancient Roman fertility deities, worshipped along with Ceres. The triad of Ceres, Liber, and Libera was identified with the Greek deities Demeter, Dionysus, and Persephone. At the festival held in honor of Liber and Libera on March 17, young Roman boys who had come of age wore the toga virilis for the first time. In the ancient Italian town of Lavinium, a whole month was consecrated to Liber. The various rituals carried out during this time were designed to ensure the growth of newly planted seeds. More...
In the News

Many Abide by the Five-Second Rule

Whether or not they would admit this to friends, most respondents in a recent survey said they would eat—or have eaten—food that has fallen on the floor, with many noting that they follow the "five-second rule." This "rule" contends that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat so long as it is picked up within five seconds. The group that carried out the survey also looked into the validity of this "rule" by testing how much and how quickly bacteria is transferred from various floor surfaces to foods of varying moistness and stickiness. What do you think the team found? More...
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