Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

parterre

Definition:(noun) Seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies).
Synonyms:parquet circle
Usage: They found the whole of the audience in the parterre standing up and directing their gaze towards the box formerly possessed by the Russian ambassador.
Article of the Day

Origen

Probably the son of a Christian martyr, Origen studied philosophy in Alexandria and became a prolific writer and famed teacher. A stern ascetic, he castrated himself out of a desire for purity. He held that even Satan was not beyond repentance and salvation, a view for which he was condemned. Although attacked as a heretic, Origen remained an influential thinker throughout late antiquity and the Middle Ages. He died around the year 250, shortly after having survived what? 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
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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

Weighty Issues Weigh on Kids' Minds

Kids have more on their minds than many give them credit for. A poll of children, ages 10 to 12, from around the globe revealed that education, basic needs, and the environment are their top concerns. In emerging nations, youngsters said that, given the power, they would improve education, followed by access to food, clothing, and shelter. Kids in developed nations listed food, clothing, and shelter as their top priority. In both developing and developed countries, the greatest environmental concern among kids polled was pollution, but those from developing countries were nearly as concerned about natural disasters too. More...
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