Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 2, 2013)
Word of the Day

ruminate

Definition:(verb) Reflect deeply on a subject.
Synonyms:meditate, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, speculate, contemplate
Usage: When Prince Bladud had been shut up in the lofty turret for the greater part of a year …, he naturally began to ruminate on a plan of escape.
Article of the Day

Electric Eels

Electric eels are the sluggish inhabitants of slow freshwater basins in South America. Cylindrical, scaleless, and gray-brown, they can grow to nine feet (2.75 m) long and weigh up to 49 pounds (22 kg). The electric eel, however, is not a true eel, but is rather a knifefish that can produce a shock—powerful enough to stun a human—while hunting or in self-defense. The shock is produced by the electric organs in its body that generate charge in a manner similar to what common household item? More...
This Day in History

Henry Hudson Discovers Hudson Bay (1610)

After several failed attempts to find a northeast passage to Asia, Hudson, a veteran sea captain, sailed west and began probing N America to find a way through it by ship. In 1610, he discovered Hudson Bay but lingered too long and became trapped there by winter ice. When the weather warmed, Hudson wanted to continue exploring, but his starved and diseased crew refused. They mutinied and set Hudson, his son, and a few others adrift in a small boat without food or water. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Myrna Loy (1905)

Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp, film actress Myrna Loy soon earned praise for her witty sophistication in 1934's The Thin Man. By 1936, she was a top box-office draw. Offscreen, she was never associated with Hollywood glamour or scandal. Instead, she was one of the few actors to protest against the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era. Her outspokenness on another issue resulted in her inclusion on what world leader's personal blacklist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

on a lark

On a whim or fancy; for fun or as a joke. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Forgiveness (2017)

The Festa del Perdono, or Feast of Forgiveness, is observed annually in Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis built his humble hermitage, known as the Porciúncula ("little portion"), in the 13th century. Porciúncula also refers to the plenary indulgence that used to be given to those who visited this sanctuary on August 2, the date set by Pope Honorius III in 1221. Although in the beginning the indulgence could only be gained in the Porciúncula, the privilege was eventually extended to all churches having a connection with the Franciscan order. More...
In the News

Talk Show Stirs Controversy with Recent Giveaways

Talk shows have been known to pull all sorts of stunts to better their ratings. The Oprah show, for example, made headlines in 2004, when it gifted a brand new car to each member of its audience. However, one popular Pakistani talk show has taken this giveaway gambit to the extreme, giving babies to childless families live on the air. So far, two abandoned baby girls have been given away on the show, and a boy is expected to be given away shortly. The show purports to be saving these children from almost certain death, but critics have expressed disgust over what they perceive to be an exploitation of the plight of these youngsters. More...
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