Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 07, 2015)
Word of the Day

apprise

Definition:(verb) To give notice to; inform.
Synonyms:notify, advise
Usage: During the drive home from the airport, they had time to apprise her of everything that had changed since she had been gone.
Article of the Day

The History of the Jelly Bean

The jelly bean is a type of confection that has a hardened sugar coating over a chewy center. “Turkish Delight,” a Middle Eastern candy consisting of jellylike cubes covered with powdered sugar, likely inspired the gummy interior of the jelly bean. It is generally thought that jelly beans first became popular in 1861 when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War. When did jelly beans become associated with Easter? More...
This Day in History

The Cripple Creek Miners' Strike (1894)

In 1891, gold was discovered on a cattle ranch in Cripple Creek, Colorado, creating one of the richest camps of a major gold-producing area. Two years later, the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) was established by the merger of several local miners' unions in the Rocky Mountain states. In 1894, the WFM led a five-month strike in Cripple Creek, resulting in a victory for the miners. The strike began when mine owners attempted to lengthen the work day—with no increase in pay—to how many hours? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Dickens (1812)

When Dickens was a boy, his father was placed in debtors' prison. As a result, he was withdrawn from school and forced to work in a factory—an experience that deeply influenced his future writings. Now regarded as one of the world's most popular, prolific, and skilled novelists, Dickens began his literary career as a reporter, developing an encyclopedic knowledge of London and the ability to vividly describe people and everyday life. Under what pen name did Dickens initially publish his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Conscience—the only incorruptible thing about us.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Finnish Sliding Festival

Patterned after the traditional event in Finland that celebrates Shrove Tuesday before the beginning of Lent, the Finnish Sliding Festival, or Laskiainen, has been held in White, Minnesota, every winter for more than 50 years. It features two large ice slides, which are constructed at the edge of Loon Lake. People bring their sleds or toboggans for an exciting ride down the slide onto the frozen lake. Other activities at the weekend event include log-sawing contests, Finnish music and dance performances, and traditional Finnish foods, such as oven pancakes and pea soup. More...
In the News

Gas Station Attendant Donates Secret Fortune

Before his death last year at 92, Ronald Read was known around his hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, as a private, frugal man who worked as a janitor and gas station attendant and could often be found collecting fallen branches for his wood stove. His daily habit of reading The Wall Street Journal seemed inconsistent with his lifestyle only until last week, when his local hospital and library received their largest bequests ever—donations from Read totaling $6 million. It turns out Read was a shrewd investor who amassed an $8 million fortune with his savvy stock picks. More...
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