Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

cat's-paw

Definition:(noun) A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
Synonyms:pawn, instrument
Usage: He was humiliated to learn that he had been made a cat's-paw in the businessman's unscrupulous dealings.
Article of the Day

Queen Tamar

Queen Tamar ruled the Kingdom of Georgia from 1184 to 1213, ascending to the throne after her father's death. Her outstanding success as a ruler during Georgia's "golden age" earned her the nickname "King of Kings and Queen of Queens." Tamar led the Georgian army in a number of military victories, and, in the early 13th century, Georgia annexed the Armenian capitals of Ani and Dvin. Tamar also suppressed a number of rebellions during her reign. Where is she buried? More...
This Day in History

HMAS Australia Is First Ship Ever Hit by Kamikaze Attack (1944)

In Japanese, kamikaze means "divine wind," a reference to the typhoon that foiled the Mongol invasion of Japan in 1281. In World War II, the term was used for Japanese pilots who made deliberate suicidal crashes into enemy targets. Such attacks sank 34 ships and damaged hundreds, killing thousands. In the lead up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Australia became perhaps the first ship damaged by a kamikaze. How many kamikaze attacks did it survive? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772)

One of the most versatile and influential figures in the English Romantic movement, Coleridge was a poet and critic who perfected a sensuous lyricism in his poetry that was echoed by many later poets. His most famous works include "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan." Known for his influential lectures on Shakespeare, he later wrote Biographia Literaria, the most significant work of general literary criticism of the Romantic period. To what drug was Coleridge addicted? More...
Quotation of the Day
The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Today's Holiday

Chung Yeung (2015)

A Chinese holiday, Chung Yeung is the second family-remembrance day of the year. It's customary, as on the festival of Qing Ming, for families to visit the graves of ancestors, tend their gravestones, and make offerings of food, which are eaten after the ceremonies are completed. It's also traditional on this day for people to go to the hills for picnics and kite-flying, which stems from traditional lore that holds that kites can convey bad luck up into the sky. It is a public holiday in some places, including Hong Kong and Macau. More...
In the News

Couple Cancels Wedding Last Minute, Invites Homeless

After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be's family decided to turn the $35,000 extravagant event into a feast for the homeless. The bride's mother ... More...
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