Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

overplay

Definition:(verb) Exaggerate one's acting.
Synonyms:ham
Usage: The audience groaned as the actor overplayed his grief, beating his chest and wailing to the heavens.
Article of the Day

St. Gregory of Nyssa

Born around 330 CE in what is now Turkey, St. Gregory was a professor of rhetoric, a priest and bishop, and a defender of orthodoxy. He was prominent in the First Council of Constantinople and became a leading defender of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. His most important theological writing was his Oratio catechetica, a classic outline of Orthodox theology, but a handful of his letters also survive. Which of St. Gregory's relatives are also saints? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Bombing of Tokyo Kills 100,000 (1945)

During WWII, Allied bombing devastated half of Tokyo, destroyed or damaged many famous landmarks, and ruined nearly all of the city's industrial plants. In the US firebombing raid that began on March 9, 1945, nearly 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs were dropped on the Japanese capital, killing roughly 100,000 people and destroying about 16 mi² (41 km²) of the city—making it the most destructive conventional bombing raid in history. How did the destruction compare to that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? More...
Today's Birthday

Bobby Fischer (1943)

Fischer was a chess legend who, at the age of 15, became the youngest grandmaster in history at that time. In 1970 and 1971, he won an unprecedented 20 straight games to qualify to challenge Boris Spassky for the world championship. He then beat Spassky, becoming the only American world titlist and winning the lion's share of the $250,000 prize fund that was then the largest purse offered in any sport outside boxing. Afterward, Fischer did not publicly play another game of chess until what year? More...
Quotation of the Day
The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Idiom of the Day

blood in the water

The exposure of a competitive weakness in an opponent that arouses increased competitive aggression in others. Likened to the literal presence of blood in water that causes aquatic predators (such as sharks) to seek out and attack prey. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances of Rome

St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440) was a model for housewives and widows. Despite the death of her children, her husband's banishment, and the confiscation of their estates, she continued to nurse the sick and care for the poor. St. Frances's feast day is observed on March 9, the date on which she died. Because she is also the patron saint of motorists, it is customary for Italian drivers to flock to the Colosseum in Rome for the blessing of their cars. Crowds also visit Tor de Specchi and Casa degli Esercizi Pii (formerly her home), whose rooms are opened to the public on this day. More...
In the News

Kony's Crimes in Spotlight after Video Goes Viral

A testament to the power of social media, a new video from the advocacy group Invisible Children on the atrocities perpetrated by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa has gone viral, triggering the publication of hundreds of articles by mainstream news outlets and drawing the attention of tens of millions around the globe. Since 1986, Kony's LRA has allegedly abducted some 30,000 children, forcing them to become child soldiers and sex workers. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court but has evaded capture. With its Kony 2012 campaign, Invisible Children hopes to raise awareness of the issue and finally bring Kony to justice. More...
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