Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

suitor

Definition:(noun) A man who is courting a woman.
Synonyms:suer, wooer
Usage: The princess had many suitors, but the only man she was interested in was a poor farmhand.
Article of the Day

Capitalism

Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production, in which personal profit can be acquired through investment of capital and employment of labor. It stresses freedom of individual economic enterprise but does not presuppose a specific form of social or political organization. Government action has been and is required to curb its abuses, which have ranged from slavery to monopoly cartels and financial fraud. What is the "invisible hand"? 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
The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

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) (2016)

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

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?

When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors for each page that a Kindle user reads, I remembered an editor who looked at one of my book proposals and said something along the lines of, “It feels like you've only got 20,000 words of ... More...
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