Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

frowsty

Definition:(adjective) Stale and unclean smelling.
Synonyms:fusty, musty
Usage: As a college student, all I could afford was a frowsty basement apartment, but it served its purpose.
Article of the Day

Eid ul-Fitr

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. When Ramadan ends, they celebrate its conclusion with the three-day holiday Eid ul-Fitr, or simply Eid. After communities gather to pray, people put on new clothes, children are given presents, and everyone visits relatives and friends. It is the time when everyone asks pardon for all the wrongs of the past year. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid can fall in any season of the year. What is the common Eid greeting? More...
This Day in History

Two Libyans Indicted for Pan Am 103 Attack (1991)

In 1991, after a three-year investigation, US and UK authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. During a trial held a decade later in the Netherlands, one of the defendants was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Whose presence on board the airplane has given rise to a number of conspiracy theories about the motivations behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850)

Born in Scotland, Stevenson traveled frequently during his life, partly in search of better climates for his tuberculosis, which would eventually cause his death at age 44. In 1885, he published A Child's Garden of Verses, one of the most influential children's works of the 19th century. His immensely popular novels Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were written over the course of just a few years. What is considered his unfinished masterpiece? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

chance of a lifetime

An extremely important and/or fortuitous opportunity, especially one that is not likely to ever present itself again. Often (but not always) used hyperbolically. More...
Today's Holiday

Stewardship Sunday (2016)

This is the day on which many churches in the US and Canada begin their campaign for financial support in the coming year. The term "stewardship" refers to the Christian and Jewish teaching that all creation belongs to God and that each man and woman is an agent or steward to whom God's property is entrusted for a while. On this Sunday each year, churches appeal to their members' sense of responsibility as stewards of the money God has entrusted to them. More...
In the News

UN Appeals for Aid for Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

The news out of the Philippines remains grim. At least 10,000 people are feared dead following a devastating typhoon—one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall—that struck the central Philippines on Friday. Typhoon Haiyan also left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and affected millions more. Several countries have already sent aid to help the victims, but damaged infrastructure and continued bad weather are hindering relief efforts. The UN has issued a call for $301 million (£190 million) in aid for the island nation. More...
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