Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

rumpus

Definition:(noun) A noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion.
Synonyms:ruckus, ruction, commotion, din, tumult
Usage: He left before the rumpus devolved into an all-out brawl and so avoided spending the night in jail with his buddies.
Article of the Day

The Hittites

The Hittites were an ancient Indo-European people who flourished from 1600 to 1200 BCE in what is today Turkey and Syria. They either displaced or absorbed the previous inhabitants of the region, the Hattians, whose culture had a strong influence on that of the Hittites. For several hundred years, the Hittite Empire was the chief cultural and political force in West Asia. The loose confederation of the empire was eventually broken up by invaders, and its remnants were conquered by whom? More...
This Day in History

The First British Open Is Held in Scotland (1860)

The Open Championship of the British Isles, or the Open, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious golf championship tournaments in the world. It began in 1860 at Scotland's Prestwick course and is now rotated among select courses in England and Scotland. The first tournament was won by Willie Park, who also recorded the tournament's highest single-hole stroke total—21. Though today the Open has a multimillion-dollar prize fund, there was no prize money initially. Instead, Park won what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (1938)

Knievel was an American daredevil and icon of the 1970s. He began doing motorcycle stunts as a teenager, then embarked on an incredibly varied career that included professional hockey, a stint in the army, work in copper mines, and eventually crime—safecracking and holdups. In 1965 he "went straight" and took up performing dangerous and thrilling stunts, which did not always go smoothly and eventually earned him the record for most broken bones in a lifetime. What canyon did Knievel try to jump? More...
Quotation of the Day
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

have it large

To engage in or seek out pleasurable, hedonistic activities with great enthusiasm or intensity, especially dancing and drinking alcohol. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (2016)

A former slave, Jean-Jacques Dessalines (ca. 1758–October 17, 1806) played a pivotal role under the command of Toussaint L'Ouverture in the Haitian struggle for independence from France. Dessalines ruled Haiti as Emperor Jacques I for two years before he was assassinated in a coup. It is Dessalines' legacy as a freedom fighter and a founding father that Haitians remember on this official holiday commemorating the anniversary of his death. Haitians observe the holiday by participating in street parades in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and other cities. More...
In the News

Masterpieces Missing after Museum Theft

The art world is reeling after bold thieves in the Netherlands broke into Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum yesterday and made off with several works worth tens of millions of dollars. In total, seven paintings were stolen, among them works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, and other prominent artists. Investigators are trying to figure out how the thieves managed to pull off the heist given that the museum supposedly has a state-of-the-art alarm system. More...
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