Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

harangue

Definition:(noun) A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
Synonyms:rant
Usage: The coach's angry harangue during halftime somehow managed to motivate the team.
Article of the Day

The Moana Hotel

The Moana Hotel, also known as the "First Lady of Waikiki," is a famous historic hotel on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Built at the urging of a wealthy Honolulu landowner, the Moana was the first hotel in Waikiki and its opening in 1901 marked the beginning of tourism there. Over the years, it has hosted numerous luminaries on its beachfront grounds. Today, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What unsolved murder mystery is associated with the Moana? More...
This Day in History

Clutter Family Murdered (1959)

In 1959, parolees Richard Hickock and Perry Smith murdered Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and their two children while attempting to rob their Kansas farmhouse. Writer Truman Capote spent the next five years researching the crime and interviewing those involved, including Hickock and Smith, who were hanged for the murders in 1965. Capote's In Cold Blood was published shortly thereafter and launched the nonfiction novel genre. What famous author traveled to Kansas with Capote? More...
Today's Birthday

Erwin Rommel (1891)

After nearly three decades in the German army, Rommel, who would become a famous WWII field marshal, was promoted by Hitler to the rank of general in 1939. The next year, he brilliantly commanded a panzer division in the attack on France. He then led the Afrika Korps against the Allies in N Africa, where he became known as the "Desert Fox" for his audacious surprise attacks. Allied success led Rommel to lose respect for Hitler and join a plot to remove the führer from office. How did Rommel die? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well to remember that grammar is common speech formulated.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Today's Holiday

La Quintaine (2015)

St. Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners, is honored each year in the French town of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat by a ceremony in which 30 men carry the quintaine, a three-foot-high box painted to resemble a prison, to the church to be blessed. Afterward, they mount it on a post and strike it with mallets as they gallop by on horseback. Fragments of the smashed quintaine are said to bring good luck and to make hens lay eggs. More...
In the News

Fruit Juice and Five a Day

Current nutrition guidelines recommend that people consume five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, and a serving of unsweetened juice can count towards this number. However, health campaigners are pushing for officials to remove juice from the guidelines because it can be confusing to parents. Many parents are under the impression that juice is a healthy choice for their children since it is derived from fruit, but they fail to realize that such juices are often packed with added sugars and that juice boxes typically exceed the recommended serving size. More...
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