Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

vitriolic

Definition:(adjective) Bitterly scathing; caustic.
Synonyms:acid, blistering, venomous, acrid, acerbic, bitter, virulent
Usage: The critic showed no mercy in writing the most vitriolic review of her career.
Article of the Day

Robin Hood

This legendary hero of 12th-century England is celebrated for robbing the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. He is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, and his band and is the hero of numerous Middle English ballads and many later stories and plays. There is, however, no evidence that he was an actual historical figure. In what text is he first mentioned? More...
This Day in History

Blackbeard Killed in Battle with Royal Navy (1718)

Before turning to piracy, Blackbeard, whose real name was probably Edward Teach, likely worked as a privateer in the War of the Spanish Succession. While marauding in the West Indies and along the Atlantic coast, Blackbeard enjoyed the protection of North Carolina's governor—who partook of the booty. A British naval force eventually killed Blackbeard and took his head back to England as proof. Legend has since romanticized the notoriously cruel pirate. When was his wrecked ship rediscovered? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles de Gaulle (1890)

De Gaulle was a French general and statesman. He left France after it fell to the Germans in WWII and started the Free French movement in England. He returned to France after the liberation of Paris and headed two provisional governments before resigning in 1946. When an insurrection in Algeria threatened to bring civil war to France, he returned to government, helped establish the Fifth Republic, and became its first president in 1958. What was his role in the "Empty Chair Crisis"? More...
Quotation of the Day
All war is deception.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2015)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
In the News

Giant Venezuelan Christmas Dinner Claims World Records

There are still more than 30 shopping days till Christmas, but people around the globe are already getting in the holiday spirit. In Venezuela, a cook-a-thon of the country's traditional Christmas dinner staples earned world records for the largest pan de jamon, a type of ham-filled bread, and hallaca, a tamale-like dish. The cook-a-thon is not without controversy, however, as it comes at a time when many Venezuelans are struggling with shortages of basic goods and skyrocketing inflation. More...
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