Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

seafarer

Definition:(noun) A sailor or mariner.
Synonyms:old salt, Jack-tar, mariner, sea dog, seaman, gob, Jack, tar
Usage: Then he arose quickly, like a seafarer who all at once seeth the land; and he shouted for joy: for he saw a new truth.
Article of the Day

Scientology

The Church of Scientology was founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The church believes that a person's spirit can be cleared of past painful experiences through a process called "auditing," or freeing the person of the burdens that interfere with happiness and self-realization. It has confronted suspicions from many sides during its history and has been banned and investigated in various countries. What was the purpose of the church's "Operation Snow White"? More...
This Day in History

Air France Flight 139 Hijacked (1976)

In 1976, a plane en route from Israel to France was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. The hijackers released 258 non-Israeli passengers and held the rest, demanding that Israel release 53 imprisoned PLO members. In response, Israel transported more than 100 commandos to Uganda. In what is now known as the Entebbe raid, seven hijackers, one soldier, and three hostages were killed and how many hostages were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Goldman (1869)

Goldman was an American anarchist. She became active in the movement after 1889, and her speeches began to attract attention throughout the US. In 1893, she was imprisoned for inciting a riot. She was also imprisoned in 1916 for publicly advocating birth control and again in 1917 for obstructing the draft. She was deported to Russia in 1919 but left in 1921 because of her disagreement with the Bolshevik government. She was permitted to reenter the US for a lecture tour in 1934 on what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

be potty about (something)

To be very excited or enthusiastic (about something). Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity (2016)

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
In the News

Scientists Describe Why Your Eyes Sometimes Sting, Turn Red in Pools

Like many people who swim in the summer, you might have assumed it's the chlorine that makes your eyes so red in pools. That's not exactly true, the Centers for Disease Control says in its annual healthy swimming report. It turns out the cause is actually ... More...
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