Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

flagellate

Definition:(verb) To whip or flog.
Synonyms:scourge
Usage: The prisoner was flagellated for his recent escape attempt.
Article of the Day

Troubadours

Troubadours were members of a class of poet-musicians that flourished in southern France and northern Spain and Italy from the 11th to the 13th century. They wrote and performed in the local Occitan language and cultivated an intricate lyric poetry that reflected the ideals of chivalry and courtly love. Often knights themselves, they were favored in royal courts and enjoyed great freedom of speech. Though usually amatory in nature, some troubadour compositions address other topics, like what? More...
This Day in History

Walter Cronkite Signs off CBS Evening News (1981)

During his career as a broadcast journalist, "Uncle Walter," as Cronkite was affectionately known, was identified in public opinion polls as the most trusted man in America. He was managing editor and anchorman of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite for almost 20 years and covered the first televised US presidential election, the 1969 moon landing, and the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. In 1981, he signed off for the last time with what famous phrase? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Francis "Lou" Costello (1906)

Costello was an American comedian who, along with Bud Abbott, formed the comedic duo of Abbott and Costello. From 1931 to 1957, Costello played a bumbling, cheery dimwit alongside Abbott's "straight man" in various stage, radio, and TV routines, the most famous of which was their "Who's on First?" skit. Regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy, the pair starred in movies such as Buck Privates and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Why did the two eventually part ways? More...
Quotation of the Day
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

the honest truth

The sincere, unadulterated truth. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day (2017)

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

ADHD or Simply a Matter of Immaturity?

In recent years, there has been a significant uptick in the number of kids being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some attribute this to increased awareness of the disorder, but others worry that it is being overdiagnosed. A recent study seems to suggest that the latter is true in many cases. The data show that children who are the youngest in their classes are more likely than their older peers to be diagnosed with ADHD and given medication to treat it, when in fact the problem may simply be that they are less mature than their classmates. More...
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