Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

fritter

Definition:(verb) Spend frivolously and unwisely.
Synonyms:fool away, dissipate, shoot
Usage: Our English youth fritters away its time in idleness and pleasure-seeking.
Article of the Day

The Venerable Bede

Officially recognized as a saint in 1899, Bede (673?-735) was an English Benedictine monk who, from the age of seven, lived in monasteries and became probably the most learned man in Western Europe in his day. His writings, virtually a summary of the learning of his time, consist of theological, historical, and scientific treatises. He consulted many documents, discussed their reliability, and cited them as sources—highly unusual practices at the time. What dating method did he help popularize? More...
This Day in History

Martyrs' Day: Riots over Sovereignty of Panama Canal Zone (1964)

Martyrs' Day is a Panamanian holiday commemorating the 1964 riots that began after a Panamanian flag was torn in a conflict between Panamanian and Canal Zone students over the right of the Panamanian flag to be flown alongside the US flag. US Army units became involved in suppressing the violence, and 4 soldiers and more than 20 Panamanians were killed. The incident contributed to the US decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama. When was full control of the canal given to Panama? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Halliburton (1900)

Halliburton was an American adventurer and pioneer of adventure journalism. He liked to recreate historical and legendary feats in his travels, such as Hannibal's passage over the Alps on an elephant and Odysseus's journey around the Mediterranean, and made his living writing and lecturing about his experiences. He is, however, perhaps best known for having swum the length of the Panama Canal. He disappeared while attempting to sail a Chinese junk, the Sea Dragon, from Hong Kong to where? More...
Quotation of the Day
To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta (2016)

The Fiesta of Quiapo District is the largest festival in Manila, Philippines. It is held each year in honor of the Quiapo District's patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, January 9, there is a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to Calvary. More...
In the News

"Thank You in Advance" for Not Using These Terms

"Occupy," "amazing," "man cave," and "baby bump" are just a few of the terms included in Lake Superior State University's 37th annual list of overused, misused, and cliché words and phrases that deserve to be banished from the English language. The Michigan university began publishing its "Banished Word List" in 1976 and has, in past years, tossed out such phrases as "at this point in time," "battleground state," and "24/7." Hundreds of words are nominated for the list each year by people from around the globe, but this year only 12 made the cut. More...
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