Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

peddle

Definition:(verb) Sell or offer for sale from place to place.
Synonyms:hawk, huckster, monger, vend, pitch
Usage: It is so hard to keep kids out of trouble and on the right track when dealers peddle drugs on every street corner.
Article of the Day

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is an ancient fortress covering approximately 13 acres (5.3 hectares) on the northern bank of the River Thames. The central keep, known as the White Tower because it was built of limestone, was begun around 1078 by William I the Conqueror and became the nucleus of a series of concentric defenses. The Tower, now used mainly as a museum, was a royal residence in the Middle Ages and later a jail for illustrious prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, and what future queen? More...
This Day in History

Conquistador Francisco Pizarro Killed (1541)

After multiple expeditions in the New World, Pizarro set sail for Peru in 1531 with 180 men. His men soon slaughtered the unarmed emissaries of the Inca emperor, Atahuallpa, and took him hostage. After accepting a rich ransom for Atahuallpa's release, Pizarro had him garroted and spent the rest of his life consolidating Spain's hold on the Inca empire in Peru. In 1535, he founded Lima, where he was killed by fellow Spaniards he had betrayed. What became of Pizarro's remains? More...
Today's Birthday

Violette Szabo (1921)

Szabo was a British secret agent during WWII. After her husband died in the war, Szabo, who was fluent in French, offered her services to the British Special Operations Executive. After intensive training, she parachuted into German-occupied France to reorganize a French resistance network. On her second mission, she was captured by the Nazis. She endured interrogation and torture before being transferred to a concentration camp, where she was later executed. How old was Szabo when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the girls

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively female friends. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martha's Day (Fête de la Tarasque)

Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, is best known for her role in Jesus' visit to their house in Bethany. Martha's second legendary claim to fame is that she killed a dragon who was ravaging the Provençal countryside, in what is now known as Tarasçon in Provence, France. Every year on the last weekend in June, a procession takes place there that commemorates St. Martha's power. In the first procession, eight men walk next to the dragon's spiked body, which snaps at the crowd of spectators. In the second procession, the dragon trots along behind a young girl representing St. Martha. More...
In the News

Dinosaur Teeth Tell Temperature Tale

It sounds improbable, but researchers claim they have figured out a way to accurately take the body temperatures of dinosaurs, despite the fact that they have been extinct for millions of years. They say that teeth reveal that the long-necked Brachiosaurus, which weighed about 40 tons, had a temperature of about 100.8 degrees F (38.2 degrees C) and the smaller Camarasaurus, a 15-ton creature, had a temperature of about 98.3 degrees F (36.8 degrees C). Since having a large body mass can help keep temperature constant, the findings do not answer the question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded. More...
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