Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

shipshape

Definition:(adjective) Of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder.
Synonyms:trim, well-kept
Usage: Toys were strewn everywhere in the playroom, but we worked together to clean it up and soon had the place shipshape.
Article of the Day

Cellar Doors

Once a common feature of rural American homes, the cellar door is a slanted trapdoor set outside a house to cover a flight of stairs to the basement. Cellar doors are generally unremarkable. The term "cellar door" itself, however, is often proposed as one of the most beautiful phrases in English. It is said to have been a favorite of Edgar Allen Poe, and its beauty has been invoked by H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. What is supposedly so special about it? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Clontarf (1014)

The Battle of Clontarf was a decisive battle fought between Irish forces under the high king of Ireland, Brian Boru, and a Viking army formed by Sitric, king of the Dublin Norse. Brian's forces defeated the Vikings at Clontarf, near Dublin, but he was killed shortly thereafter by fleeing Norsemen. Brian's victory broke Viking power in Ireland, but, without a king, the country split into small, separate kingdoms that then fought one another. What was Wolf the Quarrelsome's role in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Temple (1928)

A precocious performer known for her dimples and golden curls, Temple was a child actress who became America's most popular female star and Hollywood's top box office attraction in the Great Depression era. In 1934, she made nine movies, leaping to stardom with Little Miss Marker and winning a special Academy Award that year. She effectively retired from moviemaking in 1950. As an adult, Temple served as a US delegate to the UN General Assembly and as US ambassador to what countries? More...
Quotation of the Day
"Always suspect everybody." That's the maxim to go through life with!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

the devil is in the detail(s)

Plans, actions, or situations that seem sound must be carefully examined, because minor details can end up causing major, unforeseen problems. More...
Today's Holiday

Turkey National Sovereignty and Children's Day

This festival was started in 1920 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, who recognized how important children were to his country's future and dedicated this day to them. On this national public holiday, Atatürk is honored with special services in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, at the monument built for him. Afterward, a children's program takes place in which children from around the world wear festive traditional costumes and dance and sing. In Istanbul, a similar celebration is held in the national soccer stadium. More...
In the News

Norway Planning Ship Tunnel Project

Norway already boasts the world's longest road tunnel, and it soon may have the world's first proper ship tunnel. The Norwegian government is backing a $300-million (1.7-billion-kroner) plan to construct a tunnel linking the Norwegian Sea to the North Sea beneath the mountainous Stad peninsula. Upon completion, the tunnel will be able to accommodate 16,000 tonne ships. The plan was first proposed in the 19th century, but financial considerations shelved it until now. More...
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