Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 29, 2017)
Word of the Day

polarity

Definition:(noun) The possession or manifestation of two opposing attributes, tendencies, or principles.
Synonyms:mutual opposition
Usage: The women did not allow their political polarity to damage their lifelong friendship.
Article of the Day

Pollywogs and Shellbacks

Originally created as a test to ensure new sailors were capable of handling long, rough stretches at sea, the "Crossing the Line" ceremony is an initiation rite used by many navies to commemorate a sailor's first crossing of the equator. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are nicknamed Shellbacks; those who have not are called Pollywogs. Many navies now have regulations to prevent hazing during the tradition, which often involves various physical tests. What is a Golden Shellback? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (1902)

Zola had an ardent zeal for social reform. His part in the Dreyfus Affair, notably his 1898 article "J'accuse," was his most conspicuous public action and earned him the animosity of the anti-Dreyfus party. Prosecuted for libel, he escaped to England, where he remained until an amnesty enabled his return to France. A couple of years later, he died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes in his sleep. Was it just a tragic accident or something more sinister? More...
Today's Birthday

Pompey the Great (106 BCE)

Pompey was a Roman general and the rival of Julius Caesar. Along with Caesar and Crassus, he was a member of the First Triumvirate established in 61 BCE. After the death of Pompey's wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, Pompey and Caesar became enemies. When Pompey received the sole consulship as the leader of the senatorial party, Caesar broke with the senate and crossed the Rubicon, and a civil war began. Pompey was defeated at Pharsalus and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated while doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I can resist everything except temptation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

Mayberry Days (2018)

This annual event celebrates "The Andy Griffith Show," a television comedy about the adventures of a small-town sheriff in a fictional town called Mayberry. The festival was first held in 1990 in actor Andy Griffith's home town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Highlights of the festival include concerts by the Doug Dillard Band, a "Sheriff's Choice" golf tournament, and Colonel Tim's Talent Time. There is also a parade, a Mayberry trivia contest, and a silent auction. Actors associated with the show are often special guests, and watching reruns is a favorite activity. More...
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