Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

coronal

Definition:(noun) Flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes.
Synonyms:chaplet, lei, wreath, garland
Usage: Instead of a veil, the bride chose to adorn her head with an elaborate coronal of purple hydrangeas and pink roses.
Article of the Day

Peter Abelard

Abelard was a 12th-century French philosopher and teacher whose career was derailed by a scandalous relationship with a tutee named Heloise. After a son and a secret marriage, Abelard sent Heloise to a convent to protect her from her disapproving family. In response, her uncle had Abelard castrated. Heloise became an abbess, while Abelard sought refuge as a monk. After his first theological work was burned as heretical, he established a monastery and resumed teaching. What were his last words? 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
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

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

Parents Fail to Adequately Monitor Kids on Mobile Devices

A vast majority of English parents say they have spoken to their children about Internet safety when using mobile devices, but most still allow their children to use smartphones and tablets unsupervised. Parents tend to be more lax when it comes to installing parental controls and monitoring their children's online activity on such devices, perhaps believing that mobile devices pose less of a risk to children than standard computers. In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly 20 percent of children admitted viewing something on a mobile device that they found to be upsetting. More...
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