Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 29, 2014)
Word of the Day

felicitate

Definition:(verb) To offer congratulations to.
Synonyms:congratulate
Usage: I felicitate you on your memory, sir.
Article of the Day

The Holy Grail

In Christian mythology, the Holy Grail is the dish, cup, bowl, or chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper, said to possess miraculous powers. According to many versions of the story, Joseph of Arimathea used the Grail to catch drops of Jesus' blood at the Crucifixion and then took the object to Britain, where he founded a line of guardians to protect it. The quest for the Holy Grail also makes up an important part of the Arthurian cycle. Which knight is most closely associated with the Grail? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Legnano (1176)

In 1160, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa was excommunicated for his support of a series of antipopes against Pope Alexander III. In 1167, the communes of Lombardy in northern Italy formed an alliance to resist Frederick. The Lombard League soundly defeated Frederick's forces in the Battle of Legnano, after which Frederick reconciled with the pope and made peace with the Lombard cities. Why, if he survived, did Frederick's wife go into mourning for her husband following the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874)

A British man of letters, Chesterton was a journalist, scholar, novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He wrote essays on Christianity and works of social and literary criticism on subjects such as Charles Dickens. His fiction includes the popular allegorical novel The Man Who Was Thursday, and his most successful creation, the series of detective novels featuring the priest-sleuth Father Brown. Chesterton was also known for collaborating with what author? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

Is the glass half empty or half full?

A question to determine whether a given situation could be perceived optimistically or pessimistically. More...
Today's Holiday

Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the four big races of the NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) Sprint Cup series. The race is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The track is a mile-and-a-half long, and the 600-mile race covers 400 laps. The Speedway is also the home track for NASCAR, and many racing teams are based nearby. The 2009 event was the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600, which has become a Memorial Day tradition. In the week preceding the race, the Charlotte 600 Festival offers a variety of downtown events, including a parade. More...
In the News

Maya Angelou Passes Away

Legendary African-American poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. She was an active campaigner for African-American civil rights, and her autobiographical works explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. She rose to prominence with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) and had been recognized with honors and awards for her literary contributions ever since. She was the recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. More...
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