Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

venial

Definition:(adjective) Easily excused or forgiven.
Synonyms:pardonable, forgivable
Usage: He was given a slap on the wrist for the venial offense.
Article of the Day

The Regime of the Colonels

On April 21, 1967, a group of right-wing colonels seized control of the Greek government, taking control of Athens with tanks and initiating an era of military rule that would last for seven years. The king of Greece made an attempt to overthrow the generals but failed and fled into exile. The Regime of the Colonels was marked by economic woes, oppression, and an unexpected flourishing of rock music. In 1973, a single Greek naval commander took what bold action in protest against the government? More...
This Day in History

The Munich Air Disaster (1958)

In 1958, a British European Airways airliner carrying the Manchester United soccer team along with a number of staff members, supporters, and journalists crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Germany's Munich-Riem airport. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board died in the disaster. There was speculation that the club would have to fold, but the threadbare team completed the season, and a rebuilt Manchester United won the European cup in what year? More...
Today's Birthday

Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunker. What happened the next day? More...
Quotation of the Day
Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. More...
Today's Holiday

Homstrom

Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities in February. More...
In the News

Surfer Catches Monster Wave

Garrett McNamara, the current world record holder for highest wave ever surfed, may have broken his own record last week. Surfing in the same spot where he previously set the record, an area off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal, known for its giant waves, the American daredevil rode a wave that is reported to have been 100 feet (30 meters) high. If the estimates are confirmed, McNamara will have beaten his own world record of 78 feet (24 meters), set in 2011. More...
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