Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

assuage

Definition:(verb) To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe.
Synonyms:alleviate, relieve, palliate
Usage: Food, however, became scarce, and I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger.
Article of the Day

Mombasa

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, with a population of 900,000. Until the 16th century, Mombasa was a center of the Arab trade in ivory and slaves. The city was visited by Vasco da Gama on his first voyage to India, and it was burned three times by the Portuguese. Today, Mombasa serves as a chief port for Kenya, Uganda, and northeast Tanzania, and its beaches and resorts attract thousands of tourists annually. What tragic series of events happened here on November 28, 2002? 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
In song and dance man expresses himself as a member of a higher community: he has forgotten how to walk and speak and is on the way toward flying up into the air, dancing.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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

"Zombie Cat" in Custody Battle

It's the story that won't die. Bart the "zombie cat," who crawled out of his shallow grave last month after being hit by a car and prematurely buried, is now the subject of a custody battle. Bart was supposed to be returned to his owner following jaw and eye surgeries at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Florida, but the organization decided not to release the cat, it said, after learning more about the "circumstances leading up to his burial." In response, the owner filed a legal motion demanding the return of his pet. An animal welfare check at the owner's house did not turn up anything suspicious, but, as of last week, Bart was still under the Humane Society's care. More...
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