Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

tomfoolery

Definition:(noun) Foolish or senseless behavior.
Synonyms:lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence
Usage: Having had enough of our tomfoolery, the teacher sternly warned us to settle down and behave.
Article of the Day

Backpacking

Backpacking is an outdoor activity that combines hiking and camping. Because backpackers must carry all of their own supplies for food and shelter, backpacking excursions involve fewer comforts than traditional camping trips. On the other hand, because backpackers can remain in the wilderness overnight and resume hiking each morning, they are able to access remote areas of wilderness that are inaccessible by car or too distant for day-hikers to reach. What dangers do backpackers face? More...
This Day in History

Nazis "Liquidate" Poland's Kraków Ghetto (1943)

In 1941, the Nazis ordered all remaining Jews in the Polish city of Kraków—15,000 of an original 68,000—to move into a walled-off district of the city, thereafter known as the Kraków ghetto. The systematic deportation of these Jews to concentration camps began in May 1942. On March 13 and 14, 1943, the deportation of 8,000 Jews to a nearby camp and the killing of 2,000 in the streets completed the Nazi's "liquidation" of the ghetto. What non-Jewish ghetto resident saved countless Jewish lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Eaton Travis (1904)

Travis was a Broadway and film performer who began her career at the age of 14 by joining the Ziegfeld Follies, the long-running annual Broadway revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate theatrical productions and chorus of beautiful women, known as the Ziegfeld Girls after the show's producer. Travis, who became one of the stars of the revue, lived to the age of 106 and was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. What did she do in the 74 years after her show-business career ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

broken record

A person or thing that repeats itself over and over again. Likened to vinyl records that when severely scratched (i.e., "broken") can loop over the same recorded segment endlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Canberra Day (2016)

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, was founded on March 12, 1913. Unusual in that it is one of the few world capitals planned from the ground up, the city and its giant ornamental pond, Lake Burley Griffin, were built out of a depression in a dusty plain about 200 miles southwest of Sydney. The city's founding celebration marks the end of the two-week Canberra National Multicultural Festival, an outdoor community event that encompasses everything from hot-air balloon rides and a car show to fireworks and musical performances. More...
In the News

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected Pope

After five rounds of voting over the course of two days, the College of Cardinals elected Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The 76-year-old is the first non-European pontiff in more than a millennium and the first Latin American pope in the Church's history. He will henceforth be known as Pope Francis I. Shortly after the announcement of his election was made, the new pope made his first public address. From a balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, he greeted the assembled crowd and asked for the people's prayers. More...
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