Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 14, 2014)
Word of the Day

hovel

Definition:(noun) A small, miserable dwelling.
Synonyms:shack, shanty, hut, hutch
Usage: Compared to the manor house, their own modest home seemed like a hovel.
Article of the Day

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, which means "red mill" in French and features a distinctive red windmill on its roof, is a traditional cabaret located in the area of Pigalle in Paris. After opening in 1889, the Moulin Rouge became known for its scandalous can-can dancers and appeared in many works by post-impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It later saw performances by Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, and Frank Sinatra. The revues performed at Moulin Rouge must all adhere to what superstition? More...
This Day in History

Theodore Roosevelt Shot in the Chest While Campaigning (1912)

During a bid for the presidency in 1912, Roosevelt was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank. The bullet lodged in his chest after penetrating a steel eyeglass case and a folded copy of the 50-page speech he was carrying in his jacket, but he refused to go to the hospital until after he had delivered his scheduled speech. Doctors deemed it too dangerous to remove the bullet, and it remained in Roosevelt's chest for the rest of his life. What did Roosevelt say about the shooting during his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890)

Eisenhower was the 34th president of the US. During WWII, he successfully commanded US forces in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. He was then appointed supreme commander of Allied forces and planned the Normandy Campaign and the war in Europe until the German surrender. After the war, both Democrats and Republicans courted him as a presidential candidate. He was elected as a Republican in landslide elections in 1952 and 1956. What famous warning did he issue in his final presidential address? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) in (one's) hands

To have under one's control, charge, or care; to have responsibility for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kenka Matsuri (2016)

The Kenka Matsuri (Roughhouse Festival) takes place October 14-15 in Shirahama, Japan, and thousands flock to the shrine where the festival is held. The roughhousing starts as teams of mikoshi-bearers jostle each other for position in the procession to the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. Once they reach the shrine, they spin their heavy burden, raise it up high in the air, and let it crash to the ground—difficult maneuvers designed to thrill the crowd. The mikoshi engage in a final battle in an open field, where thousands of cheering spectators take sides and egg them on. More...
In the News

First Womb Transplant Baby

Last month, a woman in Sweden gave birth to the world's first child born via a transplanted womb. The 36-year-old first-time mother had been born without a uterus and received a donor womb from a 61-year-old, postmenopausal friend. A year after the transplant, doctors implanted an embryo, resulting in a successful pregnancy. The baby was born premature at about 32 weeks, weighing just 3.9 lb (1.8 kg), but both he and his mother are said to be doing well. More...
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