Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

squander

Definition:(verb) Spend thoughtlessly; throw away.
Synonyms:waste, blow
Usage: Each man swore that for once he would be sensible and not squander his money.
Article of the Day

Akkad

Akkad was an ancient city and region in northern Babylonia, now central Iraq. It was founded by the conqueror Sargon around 2,300 BCE. Sargon extended the vast Akkadian Empire by uniting the city-states of Mesopotamia, and the now-extinct Akkadian language became a lingua franca of the region. After about a century, the empire declined, ushering in a dark age. Sargon's grand capital city has not been found, and there are several theories as to the location of its ruins. Where might they be? More...
This Day in History

Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a "higher power," and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. The organization was founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, who were known by what names within the group? More...
Today's Birthday

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, who was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, he was raised in Britain and served in combat with the Royal Navy in World War II. In 1947, he became a British subject and renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and continued on active service in the navy until her accession to the throne in 1952. Who is their son? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

act of congress

That which is extremely difficult to achieve or requires a large amount of effort or patience to enact. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. More...
Today's Holiday

Sea Music Festival (2016)

The only event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the annual Sea Music Festival takes place during the second weekend in June at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. The festival is a tribute to the music that has been an integral part of shipboard life since the 16th century, offering performances of chanteys, or sailors' work songs, as well as "forebitters"—songs sung for entertainment. The event features daytime and evening concerts Thursday through Sunday, symposia, workshops, and a dance. More...
In the News

Thousands in India Swallow Live Fish to Cure Asthma

The 70,000 people who converged on a stadium in southern India on Friday were not there for cricket or another sport, but for a fish—one they believe will cure their asthma. The asthma sufferers lined up to receive a remedy that requires swallowing a live sardine covered in a yellow herbal paste. Although medical experts have criticized the so-called cure, an Indian family has been providing the free remedy annually for years, claiming it was revealed to them by a Hindu saint. Those who swallow the remedy are told to eat only certain foods for 45 days. More...
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