Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

unimpeachable

Definition:(adjective) Free of guilt; not subject to blame.
Synonyms:blameless, inculpable, irreproachable
Usage: As is indeed not unfrequent with women of unimpeachable virtue ... at a distance she not only excused illicit love, she positively envied it.
Article of the Day

The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the largest pyramid ever built. A mass of limestone blocks covering 13 acres (5.3 hectares), it was originally 756 feet (230 m) along each side of its base and 482 feet (147 m) high. It has several passages, two large chambers in addition to one below ground level, and two small air chambers for ventilation. It is believed to have been built as the tomb of fourth dynasty Egyptian King Khufu, who was known by what Greek name? More...
This Day in History

General Mills Introduces Cheerios as CheeriOats (1941)

General Mills introduced its oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal as CheeriOats but, in 1946, changed its name to Cheerios because of a trademark dispute with Quaker Oats. Today, it comes in nearly a dozen different flavors and is marketed to children as well as adults. It has used several different characters in its advertising over the years, including Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Why did the US Food and Drug Administration call Cheerios an "unapproved new drug" in 2009? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Heller (1923)

As a bombardier with the US Air Force during World War II, American writer Joseph Heller flew 60 combat missions. He drew on his wartime experiences when writing his darkly humorous novel Catch-22 (1961), a satiric commentary on the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. One of the most significant works of postwar protest literature, it was a huge critical success. What did Heller famously reply when asked why he had not written anything else as good as Catch-22? More...
Quotation of the Day
I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

in a measure

To a certain degree or extent; somewhat. More...
Today's Holiday

Beltane (2017)

Beltane is the Celtic name for the first day of May, which divided the ancient Celtic year in half. It was believed that each day began with the setting of the sun the night before, so Beltane was celebrated by lighting bonfires to honor the sun god. Contact with the fire was symbolic of contact with the life-giving sun. The day is still observed in parts of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, with most of the celebrations revolving around fire and reflecting ancient fertility rites. More...
In the News

Train Station Attack in China

Three people have been killed and another 79 injured in an attack on a train station in Urumqi, the capital of western China's restive Xinjiang region. Officials say terrorists set off explosives in the station on Wednesday evening and stationed themselves at exits, where they proceeded to slash and stab the fleeing commuters. The perpetrators have yet to be identified, but many are attributing the attack to Uighur separatists. More than 100 people in Xinjiang have died in the past year as a result of sectarian tensions between Han Chinese and Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic group. More...
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