Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

frivolity

Definition:(noun) Something of little value or significance.
Synonyms:frippery, bagatelle, fluff
Usage: There is a serious message beneath this frivolity.
Article of the Day

Kirishitan

The Kirishitan were Japanese converts to Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Missionary activity began in Japan soon after Portuguese shipping arrived in 1543. By the end of the century, the Japanese Christian community had grown to about 300,000—the largest non-European Christian community in the world. In 1614, Christianity was banned. Despite the threat of execution, some Kirishitan maintained their religion in secret. What tactic did the government use to expose suspected Christians? More...
This Day in History

Ash Wednesday Fires (1983)

In 1983, extreme weather and years of severe drought combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. Within 12 hours, more than 180 fires—fanned by high winds—were burning, causing widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. The fires killed 75 people and left thousands of others injured and homeless. They obliterated entire townships in just minutes. This series of fires was the deadliest bushfire event in Australian history until what disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (1935)

Bono was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician. He began his music career working with legendary producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s and went on to write, arrange, and produce a number of hit singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," which he performed with his then-wife Cher. The duo also hosted a popular television variety show in the 1970s. Later, Bono became involved in politics and served as a member of the US House of Representatives. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a cut below

Of lower quality than or inferior to someone or something else, especially that of the expected norm. More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Independence Day

This is a national holiday in Lithuania marking the declaration of independence from Austrian, Prussian, and Russian occupation on February 16, 1918. Today, the anniversary is celebrated with festivals and fireworks, particularly in the capital city of Vilnius. More...
In the News

Prison Fire Kills Hundreds in Honduras

A massive fire in an overcrowded Honduran prison has claimed the lives of over 350 inmates, many of whom were trapped in their cells as the building burned. Riots and fights between rival gangs are not uncommon in Honduran prisons, leading to speculation that the fire could have been deliberately set. Several survivors have stated that the blaze was started by an inmate who lit a mattress on fire, but this has not been confirmed. There are also questions about how many of those presumed dead actually escaped the jail during the fire. Officials will need to use dental records and DNA to identify the remains of many of the victims. More...
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