Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

choler

Definition:(noun) An irritable petulant feeling.
Synonyms:crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, peevishness
Usage: I felt quite amused at his unwarranted choler, and while he stumped indignantly up and down I fell to dwelling upon the romance of the fog.
Article of the Day

Eusebius of Caesarea

Born circa 263 CE, Eusebius was a Greek historian of early Christianity. A bishop of Caesarea, Palestine, he may have been imprisoned during the Roman persecutions. His fame rests on his Ecclesiastical History, which preserves portions of works no longer extant. He was a staunch supporter of Constantine I's attempts to unify Christian doctrine, and his writings include Life of Constantine. Eusebius was excommunicated in 325 CE, after being accused of espousing what doctrine? More...
This Day in History

Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1965)

During the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak of 1965, as many as 78 tornados—47 of which were confirmed—hit the midwestern US over the course of 11 hours. Affecting Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa, the outbreak resulted in 271 deaths, thousands of injuries, and widespread damage. In Indiana alone, it killed 137 people and injured more than 1,200, becoming the deadliest tornado outbreak in the state's history. This outbreak led to the clarification of what terms used in weather forecasts? More...
Today's Birthday

Septimius Severus (145 CE)

Severus became emperor of Rome in 193 CE, also known as the "Year of the Five Emperors." In the months before he ascended the throne, two emperors were assassinated and a third—Didius Julianus—earned the position by buying it from the Praetorian Guard. With the empire in disarray, Severus marched on Rome, ousted Julianus, and was proclaimed emperor. He then built himself a strong army that would protect both him and his empire. It is said that he gave what advice to his sons before his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man's character is to be abused ... there's nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

cut from whole cloth

Completely fictional or utterly false; totally made up. A reference to tailors who would falsely advertise garments being "cut out of whole cloth," when in reality, they were pieced together from different cuts. More...
Today's Holiday

Santamar'a Day (2016)

In Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría is remembered as a national hero, for his role in the makeshift militia that opposed American imperialist William Walker. On April 11, 1856, Santamaría either set fire to Walker's fort or his ammunitions store. Although Santamaría was killed in the process, Walker's forces were eventually repelled. Juan Santamaría Day is actually a week-long festival of parades, concerts, dancing, and marching bands throughout the country. The official holiday is usually on April 11, the anniversary of Santamaría's death. More...
In the News

Pickpocket Protest Shuts Down Louvre

The Louvre is more than just the most visited art museum in the world; it is also, apparently, a pickpocket's paradise. Petty thievery is rampant at the site, and the staff is fed up with it. Visitors and employees alike are regularly targeted by thieves, who often work in organized gangs and are becoming increasingly violent. In protest of the problem, hundreds of Louvre employees staged a one-day walkout that forced the museum's temporary closure. Officials are looking into ways to improve security. More...
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