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

The Ku Klux Klan Is Formed (1865)

The Ku Klux Klan is the name of two distinct secret societies that played a part in American history. The first Klan was an organization that thrived in the South during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The second was a nationwide organization that flourished after World War I. Subsequent groups calling themselves the Ku Klux Klan sprang up in much of the South after World War II and in response to civil-rights activity during the 1960s. How did the Ku Klux Klan gets its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Isidor Feinstein Stone (1907)

Stone worked on several newspapers in his native Philadelphia and in New York before starting his own investigative newsletter, I. F. Stone's Weekly. It was believed to have an influence far greater than the size of its readership, which included some of the nation's most prominent politicians, academicians, and journalists. The sole author, Stone created a unique blend of wit and pointed political commentary. After his death, Stone was alleged to have been a secret agent for what nation? 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)

Idiom of the Day

heavy lifting

Any serious, difficult, or arduous work or activities. More...
Today's Holiday

"Silent Night, Holy Night" Celebration (2016)

"Silent Night, Holy Night" was written and composed by Franz Gruber and Father Josef Mohr. The carol was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1818, at St. Nickola Church in Oberndorf, Austria. This event is commemorated in Oberndorf, Hallein, Wagrain, Salzburg, and other towns in the state of Salzburg by holding a candlelight procession on December 24. Everyone sings the carol as they march to the church and again when they are inside. It is usually sung in various languages to honor the many nations where the birth of the Christ child is celebrated. 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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