Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

subsist

Definition:(verb) Support oneself.
Synonyms:exist, survive, live
Usage: I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet.
Article of the Day

Daedalus

In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a brilliant craftsman whose inventions often went awry. On Crete, he inadvertently helped create the fearsome Minotaur. At the order of King Minos, he built a labyrinth to contain the monster, but Theseus successfully navigated it to kill the beast. While imprisoned by Minos, Daedalus crafted wings of wax and feathers so he and his son Icarus could escape. Sadly, Icarus fell to his death when the sun melted his wings. Why had Daedalus originally fled to Crete? More...
This Day in History

George III Becomes King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760)

George III ascended the throne at the age of 22, during the Seven Years' War. The war had put England in financial distress, and George supported raising funds through taxation of the American colonies. This policy proved disastrous for him, as it provoked the American Revolution and led him to be blamed in part for losing the colonies. Later in life, George's mental health declined, and his son acted as regent after 1811. It has been suggested that he suffered from what hereditary disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Minnie Pearl (1912)

Pearl was an American country comedienne, born Sarah Colley in Centerville, Tennessee. One of the Grand Ole Opry's most iconic performers, she appeared on the show for more than 50 years, performing routines that gently poked fun at rural Southern culture. Outfitted in styleless "down home" dresses and a hat with a price tag that dangled over its brim, she also appeared regularly on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. On whom was the Minnie Pearl character based? More...
Quotation of the Day
All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

have seen (one's) day

To be beyond one's prime; to be no longer useful, effective, or functional. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2016)

On October 25, 1983, the US and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
In the News

Fainting and Fear as "Dead Man" Interrupts His Own Wake

Mourners in Brazil got the shock of their lives when the man they were mourning showed up at his own wake over the weekend. Some fled in fear while others simply fainted at the appearance of 41-year-old car washer Gilberto Araujo. As it turns out, the "undead" man had never been dead in the first place—it was all a case of mistaken identity that began at the mortuary, when a murder victim was incorrectly identified as Araujo and released to his family for burial. More...
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