Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

bauble

Definition:(noun) A small, showy ornament of little value.
Synonyms:fallal, gaud, gewgaw, trinket, bangle, novelty
Usage: The tacky bauble she wore around her neck was intended to attract attention, but it mostly drew snickers.
Article of the Day

Aristotle Onassis

Onassis was a Turkish-born Greek financier and shipping magnate who pioneered the use of oil supertankers. He purchased his first ships in the early 1930s, and, over the next couple of decades, his fleet grew to be larger than the navies of many countries. He also founded Olympic Airways, the Greek national carrier. Onassis's first marriage, to Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros Livanos, was ended by his famous affair with opera diva Maria Callas. Whom did he marry in 1968? 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
Funny how the new things are the old things.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

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

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

Love Poses Hazard on Paris Bridge

Paris is widely regarded as the romance capital of the world, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than its Pont des Arts footbridge spanning the Seine. The bridge has, in recent years, become a pilgrimage site for couples from all over the world, who have taken to leaving padlocks inscribed with their initials on the bridge's fencing and tossing away the keys into the waters below to symbolize their enduring love for one another. Romantic as the gesture is, it has also proved to be quite destructive. Recently, a metal grill laden with "love locks" collapsed onto the bridge's walkway. No one was hurt, but the incident highlights the danger of this seemingly innocuous practice. More...
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