Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

decriminalize

Definition:(verb) Make legal.
Synonyms:legalize, legitimize
Usage: Politicians remain divided over whether or not to decriminalize marijuana use in the United States.
Article of the Day

Hex Signs

Hex signs are a form of folk art that originated in the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Though the colorful geometric emblems remain popular in Pennsylvania, they are not used by the local Amish or Mennonite populations. There is some controversy over the true purpose of hex signs. While some folk-art scholars maintain that the signs are purely decorative, they are associated with folk magic, and their designs carry symbolic meaning. A hex sign featuring a horse head is said to protect against what? More...
This Day in History

René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Murdered by His Own Men (1687)

La Salle was a celebrated French explorer of North America. He began exploring the Great Lakes in 1679, setting up forts in the region and organizing a federation of native American tribes to fight the Iroquois. Given power to colonize the region between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, he set sail in 1684 for the mouth of the Mississippi River, which he was ultimately unable to locate. Beset by losses of men and ships, La Salle was killed by mutineers after having mistakenly landed where? More...
Today's Birthday

Wyatt Earp (1848)

Earp was an American frontiersman. In the 1870s, he worked as a police officer in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, where he befriended gunmen Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson. He later worked as a guard for Wells, Fargo & Company. By 1881, he had moved to Tombstone, Arizona, living as a gambler and a saloon guard. His brother Virgil became town marshal, and his other brothers bought real estate and businesses. A feud with the Clanton gang ended in a shootout at the O.K. Corral, where what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
The woods are never solitary—they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity…The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only—a mighty voice that drowns our souls in its majestic music. The woods are human, but the sea is of the company of the archangels.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

a week is a long time in politics

Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week. The phrase is attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, c. 1964. More...
Today's Holiday

The Russell Auction

The C. M. Russell Auction features an art auction, a celebration of western artist Charles M. Russell, and a western-style good time in Great Falls, Montana, where Russell had his home and studio. The affair began in 1969 to raise money for the C. M. Russell Museum. Events include seminars, dance demonstrations by the Blackfeet Indians, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture of western artists and an auction of their works, and a Quick Draw, in which artists have 30 minutes to draw any subject they want. Their quick draws are then auctioned. More...
In the News

Freedom Fleeting for Helicopter Prison-Break Inmates

Two Canadian inmates, whose daring daytime prison escape on Sunday—believed to be Quebec's first helicopter-facilitated jailbreak—triggered a massive manhunt, a shootout with police, and a standoff, are back in custody and facing a slew of charges. So are their two accomplices, who hijacked a helicopter, forced its pilot to fly to the prison, tossed down ropes for the waiting inmates, and then whisked the men away. More...
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