Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

asseverate

Definition:(verb) State categorically.
Synonyms:assert, maintain
Usage: They descended, passing the man with the pail, who again asseverated that he had let no intruder pass.
Article of the Day

William II of England

William Rufus was a Norman king of England who disliked the English and their culture and was, in turn, despised by his subjects and in conflict with the church. He inherited the throne in 1087 from his father, who had conquered England, and he ruled until 1100, subjugating Scotland and Wales. He never married or produced offspring, and his younger brother succeeded him after he was killed by a misfired arrow. Why do some question whether his death was really an accident? More...
This Day in History

Zeno Crowned Co-Emperor of Byzantine Empire (474 CE)

A military leader, Zeno married the daughter of Byzantine emperor Leo I in about 466 CE. When Leo I died, Zeno's seven-year-old son Leo II became emperor and Zeno was appointed co-emperor. Leo II died within the year, making Zeno sole emperor. Zeno made peace with the Vandals in Africa, put down a rebellion in Asia Minor, got the Ostrogoths to leave the Eastern Empire, and tried to solve the Monophysite controversy, causing a schism with Rome. Why did Zeno change his name from Tarasicodissa? More...
Today's Birthday

Carmen Miranda (1909)

Miranda was a Brazilian singer and actress who, in the 1930s, was the most popular recording artist in Brazil, where she appeared in five films. Recruited by a Broadway producer, she made her US film debut in Down Argentine Way. Typecast as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and given such caricatural roles as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" in The Gang's All Here, she became the highest-paid female performer in the US during World War II. What was her final film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Did it ever strike you, on such a morning as this, that drowning would be happiness and peace?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

bankers' hours

A working day that is shorter than usual or acceptable, especially one that begins late and ends early. It refers to the traditional opening times for banks, which formerly opened at 10 AM and closed at 3 PM. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Maron's Day

St. Maron (also spelled St. Maroun), the patron saint of Lebanon, was a monk who died in 410 CE. The Feast of St. Maron, as it is known in Lebanon, does not have the cultural significance for its citizens that it had in past eras—today, Maronites only make up one-quarter of the Lebanese population (between one-half and one million). In Lebanon and abroad, the most common ceremony of the feast day is the Maronite liturgy, which is a distinctive blend of Catholic doctrine, Arabic music, and singing in Syriac-Aramaic, a classical language that was spoken by Jesus. More...
In the News

Aisle Seat Could Have Health Benefits

Though widely known as "economy class syndrome," the deep vein thromboses that strike passengers on long flights are no more common in those flying economy class than they are in first-class passengers. Other factors that had been suspected of increasing the risk of blood clots in travelers, such as drinking alcoholic beverages and dehydration, were also ruled out by experts. Ultimately, they say, clot risk on flights is increased by extended periods of immobility. Thus, sitting in a window seat, where one is less likely to get up and move around during a flight, could increase clot risk. More...
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