Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

bric-a-brac

Definition:(noun) Small, usually ornamental objects valued for their antiquity, rarity, originality, or sentimental associations.
Synonyms:knickknackery, whatnot
Usage: The realtor recommended that I pack away some of my bric-a-brac before showing the apartment to potential buyers.
Article of the Day

Iranian Space Agency

The Iranian government established the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) in 2003. Just two years later, it declared that it would allocate $500 million to the ISA. Though Western nations have expressed concern, fearing that Iran's rapid advancement in space technology will improve its military capabilities, the ISA's most noteworthy space venture to date was launching a rocket containing living organisms—a rodent, two turtles, and several worms—into space in 2010. Did the animals survive the trip? More...
This Day in History

Apollo 12 Lands on the Moon (1969)

In 1969, four months after the Apollo 11 mission culminated with the first moonwalk, Apollo 12 returned to the Moon with astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. The craft touched down on the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had landed there in 1967, and Conrad and Bean walked to the probe to remove some of its instruments to take back to Earth for study. What were Conrad's first words when he set foot on the lunar surface? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Seghers (1900)

Born Netty Reiling, Seghers was a German novelist. She won fame with her first novel of social protest, The Revolt of the Fishermen, but in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. In Mexico, she wrote The Seventh Cross, a poignant story of escape from a concentration camp. Other works include Transit and a study of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. After World War II she settled in East Berlin. Who starred in the film version of The Seventh Cross in 1944? More...
Quotation of the Day
Before I do anything I feel that I have choice, and that influences what I do; but afterwards, when the thing is done, I believe that it was inevitable from all eternity.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

golden ticket

A person, thing, quality, ability, or accomplishment that provides a reliable opportunity for great financial or personal success. More...
Today's Holiday

Equal Opportunity Day (2016)

At the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in southern Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This 270-word speech is considered one of the greatest in American history. Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln's address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Sometimes, this day is referred to as "Gettysburg Address Day." More...
In the News

Police Hunt for Gunman in Paris

A manhunt is underway in Paris for the gunman who critically injured a photographer at the offices of the newspaper Libération and opened fire outside the Société Générale bank's headquarters yesterday before hijacking a car and forcing its driver to take him to the Champs Élysées. Authorities suspect he is the same man who broke into the Paris offices of BFMTV, a 24-hour news channel, on Friday and fired into the reception area. Neither the suspect nor his motive has yet been identified. More...
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