Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 07, 2016)
Word of the Day

omnipotent

Definition:(adjective) Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force.
Synonyms:all-powerful, almighty
Usage: Doug lived in the shadow of his seemingly omnipotent father.
Article of the Day

Kshatriya: The Warrior Class

Kshatriya is Hindu India's military varna, or caste. In ancient times, it was considered the highest varna, but it was later supplanted by the priestly Brahman class. The legend of the caste's demotion by Vishnu may reflect a historical struggle for power between priests and rulers. According to Hindu texts, Kshatriyas studied the ancient martial arts, which were eventually carried by Buddhist monks to China and Japan. "Kshatriya" derives from the Sanskrit word meaning what? 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
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

After War Wounds and a Long Wait, a Quadruple Amputee Gets New Arms — and a New Life

Retired Marine Corps Sgt. John Peck is crying as he lies on the operating table, the stumps of his arms anesthetized, the room filled with lights and figures in blue scrubs. He's been praying since his plane left Virginia the night before, asking for strength. And ... More...
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