Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

contretemps

Definition:(noun) An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence.
Synonyms:mishap, predicament, calamity
Usage: His cross-country tour had its full share of comic contretemps.
Article of the Day

"Freedom Fries"

"Freedom fries" was a short-lived name used by some in the US for French fries after France resisted condoning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In March, 2003, all references to French fries and French toast on the menus of restaurants run by the House of Representatives were removed. By July 2006, however, the move had been reversed. Politically-motivated renamings were also seen during World War I, when anti-German sentiment led some to refer to sauerkraut as 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
They may walk with a little less spring in their step, and the ranks are growing thinner, but let us never forget, when they were young, these men saved the world.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

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

"First Human" Discovered in Ethiopia

Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans. The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged. The discovery in Ethiopia suggests climate change ... More...
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