Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

built-in

Definition:(adjective) Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic.
Synonyms:inherent, integral, constitutional
Usage: I have learned to tame it, but competitiveness is a built-in part of my personality, and I cannot discard it completely.
Article of the Day

Carchemish

Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Carchemish was a city located in what is now southern Turkey, near its border with Syria. Coveted for its location on the western bank of the Euphrates River, the city changed hands among the Mitanni, Hittite, and Assyrian Empires over the span of the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, and Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II defeated the Egyptians there in a battle recorded in the Bible. What delayed archaeological excavations of Carchemish's extensive ruins? 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
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Billionaire Saudi Prince Sues Forbes for Understating His Wealth

Forbes is under attack after publishing its annual ranking of the world's billionaires and listing Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 26th place, with an estimated net worth of $20 billion. The prince, grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia and nephew to the king, claims the publication undervalued him by $9.6 billion and has filed suit in the UK for libel. The list was published back in March and provoked immediate criticism from the royal's camp, but Forbes has stood by its assessment, prompting the piqued prince to take legal action. More...
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