Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

greensward

Definition:(noun) Surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots.
Synonyms:sod, turf
Usage: There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits.
Article of the Day

Misery Lit

Misery lit is a genre of biographical literature focused on the protagonist's triumph over childhood trauma. Such texts typically involve physical or sexual abuse, or neglect, perpetrated by an adult authority figure, like a parent. Often written in the first person, the stories usually culminate in some sort of redemption or escape. Frank McCourt's memoir Angela's Ashes is deemed a seminal work of the genre, although not the first. Which book do most people think originated misery lit? 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
Who has not remarked the readiness with which the closest of friends and honestest of men suspect and accuse each other of cheating when they fall out on money matters?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

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

Piracy Pays Off for Criminal Underworld

A joint World Bank-UN Office on Drugs and Crime-Interpol study estimates that between 2005 and 2012 acts of piracy brought in $339 million to $413 million in ransom payouts. Most of this money goes not to the pirates themselves but to the financiers behind them. These kingpins then use their ill-gotten gains to fund both legitimate business activities as well as various criminal operations, including further piracy, human trafficking, and drug and arms dealing. More...
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