Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

stringy

Definition:(adjective) Lean and sinewy.
Synonyms:wiry
Usage: This other man was shorter of leg and longer of arm, with muscles that were stringy and knotty rather than rounded and swelling.
Article of the Day

The Official Languages of India

India is a land of great cultural diversity, as evidenced by the enormous number of languages spoken there. Though the primary official language of India is Hindi, more than 1,500 languages and dialects are spoken throughout the country, and many of them have acquired varying degrees of government recognition and protection, whether for use as official regional languages or simply to guarantee the rights of speakers. In what particular region of India is French an official language? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. He first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which focuses on the complexities of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. To prevent the use of his nickname, Lee sought legal action against whom in 2003? More...
Quotation of the Day
I cannot imagine why we should be at the expense to furnish wit for succeeding ages, when the former have made no sort of provision for ours.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

beer muscles

An inflated notion of one's strength, ego, or bravado due to excess consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day is a public holiday commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
In the News

Grand Canyon to Be Tightrope Walker's Next Challenge

Last June, aerialist Nik Wallenda captivated the public with his daring tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls. He had planned to pull off the stunt without a safety harness, but the network airing the event insisted that he wear one. This coming June, however, he will be completely untethered as he attempts to traverse the Grand Canyon—on a cable suspended 1,500 feet (457 meters) above the ground. His 1,500-foot-long (457-meter-long) tightrope walk is to be televised live on the Discovery Channel. More...
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