Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 9, 2015)
Word of the Day

lionize

Definition:(verb) To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Synonyms:celebrate
Usage: She lionized her older brother and was always proud to be seen with him.
Article of the Day

The Shabak

The Shin Bet, now known as the Shabak, was founded as a branch of the Israeli Defense Forces when Israel declared its independence. It is one of three principal organizations of the Israeli Intelligence Community and is responsible for monitoring terrorist organizations and interrogating terror suspects. The Shabak has recently been criticized for its excessively violent interrogation techniques and for lying about evidence gathering. What was the "Kav 300 Affair"? More...
This Day in History

John Birch Society Founded (1958)

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

William Whiston (1667)

Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? More...
Quotation of the Day
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de l'Escalade (2016)

Escalade is a celebration in Geneva, Switzerland, of the victory of the people of Geneva over the attacking French Savoyards. To mark the victory, people carrying torches and wearing period costumes and armor proceed through the old city on both banks of the Rhone River. Shops sell chocolates that look like miniature soup pots to commemorate Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of scalding soup on the head of a Savoyard soldier. The procession winds up at St. Peter's Cathedral, where the citizens sing patriotic songs and a huge bonfire concludes the celebration. More...
In the News

Stonehenge May Actually Have Been Erected in Wales, then Moved and Reassembled

Comedian Eddie Izzard has a fantastic bit about Stonehenge. The famous monument - located in Wiltshire, England - is partially made from Welsh stones hewn about 200 miles away away. The Welsh stone masons, he jokes, must have been snowed into ... More...
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