Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 03, 2014)
Word of the Day

lily-livered

Definition:(adjective) Weak or lacking in courage; cowardly.
Synonyms:chickenhearted, yellow-bellied
Usage: I have never seen such a lily-livered bunch of wimps in my life!
Article of the Day

The Lost Boys of Sudan

Since the 1980s, when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out, more than 20,000 of the nation's boys have been displaced or orphaned. Most of these "Lost Boys"—separated from their families when government troops attacked villages in southern Sudan—walked for years in search of safety, traveling over a thousand miles to refugee camps. More than half died along the way. Many of the survivors have since been resettled in the US. What happened to Sudan's "Lost Girls"? More...
This Day in History

The Day the Music Died (1959)

During an extensive tour of the midwestern US, American rock-and-roll musician Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to transport him to his next gig. Fellow performers Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson, who was known as "The Big Bopper," filled the remaining seats. Tragically, the plane crashed, killing everyone on board. The event was later called "the day the music died" by Don McLean in his song "American Pie." Which of the passengers was said to have won his seat on the plane by a coin flip? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Stein (1874)

Stein was an American avant-garde writer and notable patron of the arts. While she was living in Paris, her home became a salon for leading artists and writers, including Picasso and Hemingway. An early supporter of Cubism, she tried to parallel its theories in her work, employing a unique prose style characterized by the use of repetition, fragmentation, and the continuous present. Her only book to reach a wide audience, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was actually about whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

inopportune moment

An unfortunate or inconvenient moment in time. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Blaise's Day

The association of St. Blaise with the blessing of throats can be traced to a number of sources. In any case, St. Blaise, since the 6th century in the East, has been the patron saint of people who suffer from throat afflictions, and celebrations on this day in the Roman Catholic Church often include the blessing of throats by the priest. In Spain, they bake small loaves, called tortas de San Blas ("San Blas's loaves"). They are blessed during Mass, and each child eats a bit to prevent him or her from choking during the year. More...
In the News

Nowhere to Turn

About a third of adults in the UK believe that they would be on their own in a crisis, with no one to lean on for support if such an event should befall them. Most of those surveyed said they had already experienced at least one period of crisis in the past, and over a third thought they could go through another within the next five years. Despite this, many remain reluctant to turn to a volunteer organization in times of need; some are too ashamed, and others worry about diverting resources away from others who need them. More...
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