Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

workaday

Definition:(adjective) Being a part of general human experience; ordinary.
Synonyms:everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable
Usage: Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.
Article of the Day

Count Alessandro di Cagliostro

Born Giuseppe Balsamo, Cagliostro was an 18th-century charlatan and adventurer. He roamed Europe posing as a physician, alchemist, mesmerist, necromancer, and Freemason and claimed to know the secrets of the philosopher's stone and other potions. Once well-regarded in the court of King Louis XVI, he was banished following a scandal and returned to his native Italy. There, the Inquisition charged him with heresy and sorcery and imprisoned him for life. What had led to his banishment from France? More...
This Day in History

Charles the Good Is Assassinated (1127)

As count of Flanders from 1119 until his death, Charles the Good strove to help the poor, distributing bread in times of famine and working to ensure that grain was sold to them at a fair price. Angered by this policy, one influential family had Charles hacked to death while in church. The popular count's brutal murder provoked public outrage, and though he was not formally beatified until the 19th century, he was almost immediately regarded popularly as a martyr. What became of his murderers? More...
Today's Birthday

Sholem Aleichem (1859)

One of the great Yiddish writers, Aleichem is best known for his humorous tales of life among the poverty-ridden and oppressed Russian Jews of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works include five novels, many plays, and some 300 short stories. In the last years of his life, Aleichem lived in the US and died in New York City, where, through his work, he helped to found the Yiddish Art Theater. Many of his works have been adapted for the stage, most notably what musical? More...
Quotation of the Day
How gladly would I meet
Mortality my sentence, and be earth
Insensible! how glad would lay me down
As in my mother's lap!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. More...
Today's Holiday

Texas Independence Day (2016)

A legal holiday in Texas, March 2 commemorates both the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos held on this day in 1836, when delegates prepared for the separation of Texas from Mexico, and the birthday of Sam Houston (1793-1863), who led the Texans to victory over the Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas is the only state to celebrate independence from a country other than England. This period in Texas history, beginning with the Washington-on-the-Brazos convention and ending with Sam Houston's victory at San Jacinto, is celebrated each year during "Texas Week." More...
In the News

72-Year-Old Nepali Man Declared World's Shortest

For more than seven decades, Chandra Bahadur Dangi lived an isolated life in a remote mountain village in Nepal. He had never heard of Guinness's world record for shortest man and Guinness knew nothing of him—that is, until a timber merchant visiting his village recently brought Dangi's height to the attention of local media. At just 21.5 inches (54.6 cm) tall, the 72-year-old is both the world's shortest living man and the shortest adult male ever recorded in history. He is also the oldest person ever to be awarded this title. More...
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