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

Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)

Juan Carlos is the reigning king of Spain. He was groomed for the role by his predecessor Francisco Franco, the Spanish leader who abolished the republic and declared Spain a representative monarchy. He acceded to the throne two days after Franco's death, becoming the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. A popular monarch, he presided over Spain's transition to democracy and has acted decisively to maintain political stability. He competed in what Olympic event in 1972? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary of Guise (1515)

Mary of Guise was the queen consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of their daughter—the future Mary Queen of Scots. After the outbreak of war between Scotland and England, Mary arranged her daughter's betrothal to the French dauphin. Becoming regent, Mary of Guise made no secret of her desire to bring France and Scotland together. In 1559, the Protestants, led by John Knox and allied with England, rose against her and declared her deposed. What happened in the aftermath of her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
All war is deception.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a fishbowl

A place, situation, or environment in which one has little or no privacy. A reference to the (typically) spherical bowls in which pet fish are often kept, which can be seen into from all sides. More...
Today's Holiday

Lebanon National Day (2016)

Also known as Independence Day, this national holiday commemorates Lebanon's independence from France on this day in 1943. 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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