Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 07, 2013)
Word of the Day

engrossing

Definition:(adjective) Capable of arousing and holding the attention.
Synonyms:absorbing, fascinating, gripping, riveting
Usage: The book was so engrossing that I did not notice when the lights were turned out in the library.
Article of the Day

The Evil Eye

The people of the world have many superstitions, but one in particular is shared by a number of cultures, especially those of the Mediterranean and Middle East: the evil eye. Traditions and beliefs surrounding the evil eye vary, but it is generally thought to stem from envy and malice toward prosperity and beauty. Thus, in many cultures, unguarded praise of one's possessions or children is thought to invite misfortune. Who is typically thought to be most vulnerable to the evil eye? More...
This Day in History

William II Becomes King of the Netherlands (1840)

William served in the Peninsular War, was wounded at Waterloo, and led the Dutch army in the Belgian revolution after his father failed to approve his conciliation efforts. Called to the throne upon his father's abdication in 1840, William was immediately confronted with a financial crisis, which was solved by raising a "voluntary loan" among the people. A conservative leader, he resisted constitutional revision until the revolutionary spirit of 1848 induced him to grant what desired reforms? More...
Today's Birthday

Caesar Rodney (1728)

Rodney was a key American Revolutionary leader. As a member of the Continental Congress, when he heard of the deadlock on the vote for independence, he rode 80 miles through a thunderstorm to arrive in Philadelphia "in his boots and spurs" on July 2, 1776—just in time to cast the decisive vote in favor of independence. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved two days later, and Rodney became a signatory on August 2. Soon after, he was elected president of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

have a sneaking suspicion

To have a slight but persistent premonition or intuition (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

National Shrimp Festival (2016)

This waterside festival is held for four days in Gulf Shores, Alabama, drawing crowds estimated at 200,000. The festival began in this shrimping and resort area in 1971 as a one-day celebration to liven things up after Labor Day. The big event was a shrimp-cooking contest, and shrimp dishes have been in the forefront since, with lots of jambalaya and kabobs. Also on the menu are such dishes as shark and Greek foods, including seafood gyros. Events of the festival include a children's art village, an air show, live musical entertainment, and arts and crafts displays. More...
In the News

The Dog Ate My...

The "dog ate it" excuse may not cut it in the classroom, but the US Treasury is apparently more receptive to this explanation than the typical schoolteacher, and for that at least one person can be grateful. A Montana man who mailed in the remnants of what he claimed were five $100 bills eaten by his one-eyed dog received a $500 check to replace the currency. The pet owner was nothing if not committed, following his dog around for days after the incident, collecting its droppings and eventually picking out and washing the digested bill fragments. Unpleasant as they were, his efforts ultimately paid off. More...
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