Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

clothier

Definition:(noun) A merchant who sells men's clothing.
Synonyms:haberdasher
Usage: It was for the next generation to patronize clothiers who kept each suit on its separate hanger.
Article of the Day

The Sami People

The Sami are the descendants of ancient nomadic peoples who inhabited northern Scandinavia. They are sometimes called Laplanders, but many Sami consider this name pejorative. From the earliest times, they survived through hunting reindeer, and they became nomadic when they began to herd them a few centuries ago. Today, however, most Sami live in permanent dwellings and only about 10 percent still raise and follow the reindeer herds. What Academy Award-winning American actress is of Sami descent? More...
This Day in History

Fire at the US Library of Congress (1851)

The Library of Congress, the national library of the US, contains more than 115 million items, including more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, and 54 million manuscripts. Established in 1800 with about 740 books, the collection, which had swelled to about 55,000 volumes by 1851, was largely destroyed by a fire, the second in the library's history. The collection lost in the 1851 fire had been started with the acquisition of which statesman's personal library of 6,487 books? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905)

Before he became an infamously eccentric recluse, Hughes was a brilliant aviator and movie producer. At 17, he left college to take control of his late father's Hughes Tool Company, which would form the future basis for his vast fortune. After founding the Hughes Aircraft Company, he set a speed record of 352 mph (567 km/h) in a plane he designed, and in 1938, he flew around the world in a record 91 hours. A recluse in his later years, Hughes spent the last decade of his life living where? More...
Quotation of the Day
An absolute monarchy is one in which the sovereign does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

Wigilia (2015)

Wigilia means "to watch" or "keep vigil" in Polish. It takes place on Christmas Eve and commemorates the vigil that the shepherds kept on the night of Christ's birth, but it's very possible that the celebration goes back to pre-Christian times. Because some people still cling to the ancient belief that wandering spirits roam the land during the darkest days of the year, it is not uncommon for Poles to make an extra effort to be hospitable at Christmas time, leaving out a pan of warm water and a bowl of nuts and fruits for any unexpected visitors. More...
In the News

France Recommends Removal of Rupture-Prone Implants

France is recommending that tens of thousands of women go under the knife again if they have silicone breast implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). The implants were banned last year after it was discovered that they were made from industrial-grade grade silicone not approved for medical use and have an abnormally high rupture rate. Hundreds of thousands of PIP implants are believed to have been sold globally over the last 12 years. The implants have not been linked to a higher risk of cancer than those manufactured by other companies, but they could cause health problems if they rupture. In light of this, the French government has offered to cover the cost of corrective surgery for the 30,000 women affected in France. More...
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