Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

aimless

Definition:(adjective) Devoid of direction or purpose.
Synonyms:random, wayward, goalless, haphazard, vagrant, directionless, unguided
Usage: After several hours of aimless driving, we were getting low on fuel.
Article of the Day

Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, a principality of Monaco, is a resort town located on the French Riviera. It is known as a playground for the rich and famous, thanks to its breathtaking scenery, fine villas, luxurious hotels, and world-famous casino—which has long been a source of intrigue. Joseph Jagger first broke the bank after discovering a bias in one of the roulette wheels in 1873, and the casino has since been featured in several James Bond films. What famous sporting events are held in Monte Carlo? More...
This Day in History

Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin, Ireland (1882)

In 1882, Lord Frederick Cavendish, British secretary for Ireland, and Thomas Henry Burke, his undersecretary, were assassinated as they were walking in Dublin's Phoenix Park. They were stabbed to death by members of a radical splinter group of the Fenian movement called the "Invincibles." Two of those arrested turned state's evidence, five were hanged, and three were sentenced to prison. What was the political aftermath of the assassinations? More...
Today's Birthday

Orson Welles (1915)

Welles began acting on stage at 16 and made his Broadway debut in 1934. In 1937, he and John Houseman formed the Mercury Theatre, creating a series of radio dramas and winning notoriety with their panic-producing broadcast of War of the Worlds. Welles then moved to Hollywood, where, at age 26, he cowrote, directed, produced, and acted in the classic Citizen Kane, considered among the most influential movies in film history. What other films did Welles direct? More...
Quotation of the Day
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Idiom of the Day

(the) elephant in the room

An obvious truth or fact, especially one regarded as embarrassing or undesirable, that is being intentionally ignored or left unaddressed. More...
Today's Holiday

St. George's Day (Bulgaria)

St. George's Day, or Gergiovden, is one of the most important celebrations in Bulgaria. It marks the start of the stock-breeding season. Special foods are served, traditional songs are sung, and both livestock and their pens are decorated with blossoming willow twigs. Traditional rural Bulgarian belief holds that someone who is born on this day is blessed with wisdom and beauty. In some areas, a lamb is slaughtered, and the door sill is smeared with its blood to protect the house from witches, illness, and other forms of bad luck. More...
In the News

Shipwreck Yields More than $1 Million in Gold

A marine salvage company has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.3 million from a historic shipwreck off the US east coast, but this is a mere fraction of what went down with the ship in 1857—and what the company will likely eventually raise from the depths. The ship was transporting an estimated 21 tons of gold ingots, coins, and raw gold as well as the personal wealth of its 477 passengers when it sank in a hurricane, contributing to the Panic of 1857, a US banking crisis. Discovered in 1988, the wreck was explored by a company that recovered some $40 million in gold before being driven off by lawsuits. More...
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