Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 23, 2011)
Word of the Day

minibar

Definition:(noun) Sideboard with compartments for holding bottles.
Synonyms:cellaret
Usage: Kevin pulled several bottles of wine from his minibar to serve to his guests.
Article of the Day

Vincent of Beauvais

Vincent was a French scholar and encyclopedist. A Dominican priest, he became lector and chaplain to the court of King Louis IX. By 1244, he had compiled Speculum majus, an 80-book compendium of knowledge that included human history from creation to the time of Louis IX, natural history and science known to the West, and a compendium of European literature, law, politics, and economics. His work influenced scholars and poets up to the 18th century. What does the work's title mean? More...
This Day in History

Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 648 (1985)

Minutes after taking off from an Athens airport on November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648 was hijacked by five Palestinian terrorists. The plane was forced to land in Malta, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the hijackers. The terrorists shot two Israelis and three Americans before Egyptian commandos launched a disastrous raid in which nearly 60 hostages were killed. Remarkably, three of the passengers shot by the terrorists survived. How did one of the terrorists almost escape? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Adolph "Harpo" Marx (1888)

Harpo was a member of the American comedy team known as the Marx Brothers. The brothers enjoyed success in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from the early 1900s to about 1950. Harpo never spoke during their performances and instead blew a horn, whistled, or mimed to communicate. He also got laughs with his prop-laden sight gags, many of which involved the seemingly infinite number of odd items he managed to produce from his topcoat's oversized pockets. How did he get his nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune always leaves a door open in adversity in order to bring relief to it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

golf widow

A woman whose husband frequently absents himself from home so as to go and play golf. More...
Today's Holiday

Repudiation Day (2016)

The Stamp Act of 1765 forced the American colonies to pay a tax on various official documents and publications, such as legal papers, liquor permits, lawyers' licenses, and school diplomas. In defiance of the new law, the court of Frederick County, Maryland, declared that it would carry on its business without the tax stamps required by the Act. The date on which the Stamp Act was repudiated, November 23, has been observed for many years as a half-holiday in Frederick County to commemorate this courageous act. More...
In the News

Facebook's 4.74 Degrees of Separation

The old adage that strangers are connected by "six degrees of separation" may need to be updated, suggests a recent study of 721 million active Facebook users. This modern version of Stanley Milgram's so-called small world experiment found that the average number of acquaintances separating any two Facebook users is currently only 4.74. The study also finds that people's interconnectedness over Facebook is growing. In 2008, the average Facebook user was 5.28 degrees away from any other member. More...
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