Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

flounder

Definition:(verb) Walk with great difficulty.
Synonyms:stagger
Usage: Dave refused to run quietly on the trail behind the sled…but continued to flounder alongside in the soft snow, where the going was most difficult, till exhausted.
Article of the Day

Tillia Tepe

Tillia Tepe, which literally means "Golden Hill" in Persian, is an ancient necropolis in northern Afghanistan that dates to the 1st century BCE. In 1979, a year before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a Soviet-Afghan team of archaeologists discovered some 20,000 gold ornaments in six graves at the site. The treasure went missing in subsequent wars and was thought to have been destroyed by the Taliban, but it has since been rediscovered and widely exhibited. To whom did the gold first belong? More...
This Day in History

Alexander Selkirk Rescued after Four Years Stranded on a Desert Island (1709)

Selkirk was an unruly Scottish sailor who quarreled with his captain and asked to be put ashore on an island in the Pacific. Tired of Selkirk's troublemaking, the captain granted him his wish. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision and chased after the boat, but to no avail. He survived on the desert island by eating shellfish and goats and domesticated feral cats to keep himself safe from rats. When he was rescued four years later, his story became the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

James Joyce (1882)

Joyce was an Irish novelist—perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th century. After publishing his story collection, The Dubliners, and the autobiographical novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he spent seven years writing Ulysses, which is now widely regarded by many as the greatest English-language novel of the 20th century. It embodies a highly experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods such as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. More...
Today's Holiday

Candelaria (Bolivia)

Candelaria, or Candlemas, is a major holiday in Bolivia, where the Virgen de Candelaria is the country's patroness. The festivities focus on her shrine in the normally placid town of Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, where visitors begin to arrive in the week that precedes the festival. Aymará, Quechua, and Chiriwano Indians can be recognized by their colorful native costumes and musical instruments, and most begin dancing as soon as they arrive and continue till the end of the festival. More...
In the News

Dozens Dead after Riot at Egyptian Soccer Match

At least 73 people were killed in a riot following a soccer game in the Egyptian city of Port Said, and the death toll could rise further, as many more were critically injured in the clashes. After the unexpected victory of the home team, Al-Masry, over one of Egypt's most successful clubs, Al-Ahly, fans rushed the field, attacking players and one another with knives, rocks, chairs, and other weapons. The incident is being called the worst disaster in Egypt's soccer history. More...
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