Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 05, 2015)
Word of the Day

scaremonger

Definition:(noun) A person who spreads frightening rumors and stirs up trouble.
Synonyms:stirrer
Usage: When he started spreading the rumor that the government was bent on destroying our homes, we decided that he was a scaremonger and stopped paying attention.
Article of the Day

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu, a state at the southern tip of India, has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its history and culture are among the oldest in the world, and the region is known for its rich tradition of literature, music, and dance. Created as a state in 1969, Tamil Nadu has since become the sixth most populous state in the Indian Union and has the fifth largest economy of all the Indian states. Why do Tamils throw away and burn old clothes during the annual Pongal festival? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Columbus Becomes the First European on Hispaniola (1492)

Soon after landing on the island now known as Hispaniola—home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti—Columbus returned to Spain with news of the New World, leaving behind a group of colonists. On his second expedition, he discovered that the colony had been destroyed, and he established another one. The new colony soon fell into a state of disorder, which he tried to quell with strict discipline. The colonists appear to have disliked Columbus's tyrannical leadership. What did they do about it? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (1901)

Disney began his career as a cartoonist in 1920. By the time he died in 1966, he had built an entertainment empire. His enormously successful cartoons and films—both animated and live-action—employed groundbreaking technology and introduced now-famous characters such as Mickey Mouse. A skilled businessman as well as an innovator, Disney oversaw his company's expansion into theme parks and mass merchandising. According to legend, what were the mysterious last two words Disney wrote? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

king of the hill

The most powerful, successful, or authoritative person in a group or organization. More...
Today's Holiday

Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas's Eve) (2017)

Very little is known about St. Nicholas's life, except that in the fourth century he was the bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey. On the eve of December 6 in the Netherlands, St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, rides into town on a white horse, dressed in his red bishop's robes and preceded by "Black Peter," a figure in Moorish costume who rewards the good children with candy and gifts. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, and churches dedicated to him are often built so they can be seen off the coast as landmarks. More...
In the News

Modern Science Detects Disease in 400-Year-Old Embalmed Hearts

In the ruins of a medieval convent in the French city of Rennes, archaeologists discovered five heart-shaped urns made of lead, each containing an embalmed human heart. Now, roughly four centuries after they were buried, researchers have used modern ... More...
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