Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

wamble

Definition:(verb) Move unsteadily or with a weaving or rolling motion.
Synonyms:waggle
Usage: As John wambled into the kitchen for his morning coffee, his head pounding and stomach reeling, he made a silent vow never to get drunk again.
Article of the Day

TV Dinners

A TV dinner is a frozen prepared meal, usually packaged in a disposable serving tray, that needs only to be heated before serving. Perhaps more commonly called frozen dinners or microwave meals today, TV dinners became wildly popular in the mid-1950s when they were marketed by the American food company Swanson. Though generations of Americans associate TV dinners with their titular activity—eating while watching television—they were actually given their name for a different reason. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Donner Party Sets Out on Ill-Fated Journey from Illinois to California (1846)

The Donner Party was a group of families from Illinois and Iowa that set out for California following a little-used, supposedly shorter, route across Utah. The shortcut only tired and delayed the party, and while recovering at what is now Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, the group was trapped by early snow. Many died, several while trying to get help; some reportedly resorted to cannibalism. Rescuers reached the survivors in February 1847. How many of the 87 pioneers survived the ordeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

date with destiny

A future event, circumstance, or situation that will or could prove to be of momentous significance or importance. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodian New Year (Khmer New Year) (2016)

This three-day holiday, also known as Khmer New Year, is a major celebration in Cambodia. On the first day, Moha Sangkran, families welcome the angel who looks after the world in the coming year. On the second day, Vana Bat, people give gifts of charity and perform acts of community service. On the final day, Loeung Sack, people wash their Buddha statues, an act that symbolizes hope for sufficient rainfall for the rice harvest. Throughout the celebration, children and adults gather to dance and play traditional games. The holiday often ends with a fireworks display. More...
In the News

Belt Buckle Blocks Bullet

A Pennsylvania grocery store employee is crediting his belt buckle with protecting him from serious injury and quite possibly saving his life. On Wednesday, while Bienvenido Reynoso was at work, an armed man rode by on a bike and opened fire. Reynoso dropped to the floor and, when the shooting stopped, was relieved to find that he had gotten through the ordeal unscathed. It was only later, when he took a closer look at his belt and saw a bullet lodged in the buckle, that he realized how close he had actually come to being shot. More...
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