Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

ruralism

Definition:(noun) A rural idiom or expression.
Synonyms:rusticism
Usage: He was a country poet whose verses were filled with ruralisms.
Article of the Day

The Siege of Sidney Street

Having killed several London policemen during a botched robbery in 1910, the members of a politically motivated gang of burglars went into hiding. When their location was revealed to authorities, 200 men were sent to surround the building. This prompted a wild gunfight now known as the Siege of Sidney Street. Though outmanned, the gang members possessed superior weapons and were only overtaken when their building caught fire. Why was Winston Churchill criticized for his role in the siege? 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
Of great riches there is no real use, except it be in the distribution.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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...
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In the News

Your Flu Risk May Be Linked to the Year You Were Born

Flu season has arrived, and many people are bracing themselves for the sneezes, sniffles and sick days that lurk around the corner. Yet you might not realize that you could already have a higher risk of certain flu infections than others -- and that risk ... More...
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