Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

forgo

Definition:(verb) Do without or cease to hold or adhere to.
Synonyms:foreswear, waive, dispense with, relinquish
Usage: The tortures of the accused did not equal mine; she was sustained by innocence, but the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forgo their hold.
Article of the Day

The Necklace of Harmonia

The fabled Necklace of Harmonia is a cursed object of Greek myth. It was made as a means of revenge by Hephaestus, god of fire and metalwork, after he discovered that his wife, Aphrodite, was having an affair with Ares. He gave the lovely necklace to Harmonia, Aphrodite’s daughter by Ares. The necklace was said to grant eternal beauty and youth, but it also cursed anyone who wore it. Generations later, it kept what widowed queen young and beautiful, allowing her to unwittingly marry her own son? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Standard Oil an "Unreasonable" Monopoly (1911)

By 1880, through elimination of competitors, mergers, and railroad rebates, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil controlled the refining of up to 95 percent of all oil produced in the US. In 1892, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the trust dissolved, but it continued to operate. Exposed in Ida Tarbell's History of the Standard Oil Company in 1904, it was broken up in 1911 after a lengthy antitrust suit by the US government. What current oil companies have ties to the former Standard Oil? More...
Today's Birthday

L. Frank Baum (1856)

Baum was an American author of more than 70 children's books who is best known for penning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He moved from New York to South Dakota in 1888. When his newspaper there failed, he moved to Illinois and found work as a journalist. His first children's book, Mother Goose in Prose (1897), was followed by Father Goose: His Book, an immediate bestseller. In 2006, Baum's descendants apologized for editorials in which he called for the extermination of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a falling out

A severe quarrel or disagreement, especially one that leads to a temporary or permanent end of a relationship. More...
Today's Holiday

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri, one of the most spectacular festivals in Tokyo, Japan, honors the three fishermen brothers who founded the Asakusa Kannon Temple in the 14th century. The festival has been held each year since the late 1800s. More than 100 portable shrines called mikoshi are paraded through the streets to the gates of the temple. Carrying them are men in happi coats—the traditional short laborers' jackets—worn to advertise their districts. There are also priests on horseback, musicians playing "sanja-bayashi" festival music, and dancers in traditional costume. More...
In the News

Surfer's Record-Breaking Ride

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara's heart pounding ride on a massive wave off the coast of Portugal has given him more than just a thrill—it has earned him a place in the record books. Experts reviewed footage of the Hawaiian surfer's feat and calculated the wave's height to be a towering 78 feet (24 meters). According to Guinness World Records, it was the biggest wave ever ridden, beating the previous record, set in 2008, by more than a foot. More...
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