Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

cowpuncher

Definition:(noun) A hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback.
Synonyms:cattleman, cowboy, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke
Usage: The only time the cowpuncher was not on horseback was when he was repairing the fence around the estate.
Article of the Day

The Mortarboard Cap

The pileus quadratus, a type of Roman skullcap topped with a horizontal square board, has given rise to a number of similar cap styles, among them the biretta worn by the Roman Catholic clergy and the academic mortarboard cap. The academic headgear is embellished with a tassel or liripipe, which may be dyed black, colored to represent the graduate's area of expertise, or matched to a school's colors. According to urban legend, why did some UK universities cease to use the cap? More...
This Day in History

Catherine of Aragon Married by Proxy to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1499)

Catherine of Aragon is known as the first of King Henry VIII's six wives, but before they were wed, she was married to his older brother Arthur. Catherine was the youngest daughter of Spain's Ferdinand II and Isabella I, and her marriage to Arthur was primarily political. In fact, Arthur and Catherine were married by proxy before they had even met, in a ceremony attended by their representatives. The marriage was short-lived, as Arthur died young. When did Arthur and Catherine finally meet? More...
Today's Birthday

Malcolm X (1925)

Malcolm X was an African-American activist. His home was burned by the KKK when he was a child, and he joined the Nation of Islam in prison as an adult. Upon his release in 1952, he renounced his "slave name," Little, and took the surname X, representing his lost African ancestral surname. He became a minister and soon rose to prominence campaigning for black separatism, but he publicly broke with the militant Black Muslims in 1964 after a pilgrimage to Mecca. Who assassinated him the next year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

keep (someone) in the loop

To keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Dunstan's Day (2017)

St. Dunstan (c. 909-988) was the archbishop of Canterbury. According to legend, one day when Dunstan was working at the monastery forge, he looked up and saw the devil peering at him through the window. He quickly pulled the red-hot tongs from the coals and grabbed the devil's nose with them, refusing to let go until he promised not to tempt him any more. Howling in pain, Satan ran and dipped his nose in nearby Tunbridge Wells to cool it off, which is why the water there is sulphurous. St. Dunstan is the patron saint of blacksmiths, jewelers, and locksmiths. More...
In the News

Mother Goose Calls the Cops to Help Save her Gosling

When her baby was in trouble, a mother stopped at nothing to get help and went straight to the police for assistance. That's a pretty run-of-the-mill story until you find out that mother in question was a goose. An Ohio police officer was sitting in ... More...
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