Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

roustabout

Definition:(noun) A member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor.
Synonyms:deckhand
Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy.
Article of the Day

Mind Your Manners

The use of the fork is a basic concern of Western table etiquette. The utensil's origin is disputed; certain passages in the book of I Samuel suggest that forks were used during priestly sacrifice, and it is commonly accepted that the Greeks used serving forks long before the Middle Ages. Before the fork made its 10th century debut at tables across Europe, people commonly used their hands to eat. Why did the Roman Catholic Church initially consider the use of a fork an insult to God? 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
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

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 (2016)

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

Could This "Mars Base Camp" Really Send Astronauts to the Red Planet in 2028?

When are we going to Mars? The aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's answer is 2028 — but that date comes with an asterisk. The company last week unveiled its vision of a “Mars Base Camp.” This is a 256-foot segmented spacecraft that would carry astronauts ... More...
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