Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 11, 2011)
Word of the Day

head-to-head

Definition:(adjective) Involving two persons; intimately private.
Synonyms:tete-a-tete
Usage: The quiet, uncrowded restaurant was the perfect setting for the couple's head-to-head conversation.
Article of the Day

Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is a horserace held twice annually in the Tuscan city of Siena. Dating from the Middle Ages, the race is the centerpiece of festivals held in the city's Piazza del Campo in July and August. During the race, 10 jockeys riding bareback circle the piazza three times. The race usually lasts no more than 90 seconds, and it is not uncommon for jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the piazza's treacherous turns. What forms of sabotage are allowed in this race? More...
This Day in History

Charles I of Austria Relinquishes His Throne (1918)

Also king of Hungary from 1916 to 1918 as Charles IV, Charles I was the last emperor of Austria. He became heir presumptive to the Hapsburg throne upon the assassination of his uncle, Franz Ferdinand. After succeeding Francis Joseph in 1916, he made several abortive attempts to take Austria-Hungary out of WWI. He renounced participation in affairs of state in 1918 and was deposed in 1919. After two failed attempts to regain his Hungarian throne in 1921, he was exiled. Why was Charles beatified? More...
Today's Birthday

George S. Patton, Jr. (1885)

Patton, nicknamed "Old Blood-and-Guts," was probably the most admired and most controversial American World War II general. Though he had a brilliant war record—he led successful military operations in Morocco and Sicily and spearheaded the spectacular sweep of US forces across northern France into Germany—he was a rigid disciplinarian and nearly lost his career for slapping a hospitalized soldier he suspected of feigning illness. In what event of the 1912 Olympics did Patton place fifth? More...
Quotation of the Day
Contempt is that which putteth an edge upon anger, as much or more than the hurt itself.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Concordia Day (2015)

A public holiday on the island of St. Martin in the West Indies, Concordia Day commemorates the 1648 agreement to divide the island between the Dutch and the French. To this day, St. Martin is the smallest territory shared by two sovereign states, with only a stone monument marking the boundary. Concordia Day celebrates the long-standing peaceful coexistence of the two countries by holding parades and a joint ceremony with French and Dutch officials at the border monument. November 11 is also the anniversary of the island's discovery in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. More...
In the News

Doctors and Lawmakers Say Pox Pops Are a Bad Idea

US authorities are warning parents not to mail lollipops licked by kids infected with the chickenpox to other parents hoping to expose their children to the disease. So-called pox parties, get-togethers aimed at exposing non-immunized kids to chickenpox, have been going on for quite some time. The lollipop idea is meant to accomplish the same thing, but doctors warn that the candies are unlikely to pass on chickenpox and could actually expose children to other, more serious diseases. Lawmakers also warn that sending such a package could violate federal laws against shipping biohazards across state lines. More...
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