Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 07, 2012)
Word of the Day

capsize

Definition:(verb) Overturn accidentally.
Synonyms:turn turtle
Usage: Do not rock the boat or it will capsize!
Article of the Day

The Gentlemen's Club

Though today the term is often associated with strip clubs, the traditional British gentlemen's club was an exclusive, members-only establishment where upper-class men could drink, dine, and socialize. Most barred women, and many had strict membership requirements—like requiring prospective members to have traveled at least 500 miles from London in order to gain admittance. Their numbers have dwindled since their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. What is the largest gentlemen's club today? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)

The Treaty of Tordesillas divided newly discovered lands outside Europe between Spain and Portugal along an agreed-upon meridian approximately halfway between the Cape Verde Islands belonging to Portugal and Cuba and Hispaniola, claimed for Spain by Columbus. The Europeans had actually seen very little of the lands within the territory they were dividing, and the result was that Spain gained most of the Americas while Portugal gained Brazil. What nation invoked the treaty in the 20th century? More...
Today's Birthday

George Bryan "Beau" Brummell (1778)

Brummell was an English dandy and wit who was greatly admired for his fastidious appearance and confident manner. The leader of English fashion of his time, he influenced men of society to wear dark, simply cut clothes, elaborate neckwear, and trousers rather than breeches. After a quarrel with his friend Prince George of Wales, later King George IV, and deeply in debt from gambling, Brummell fled to France, where he lived for 14 years in poverty and squalor. What killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Sette Giugno

Under British rule, the Maltese Islands helped the Allies during World War I. Although the war brought jobs to the country, many Maltese found it hard to make ends meet. These factors and others prompted riots in Valletta on June 7, 1919. During the riots, four Maltese were killed by British troops. This tragic event became known as the Sette Giugno Riots. Every year on June 7, Malta holds a commemorative ceremony in Valletta. The commemorative celebration includes marches and the playing of the national anthem, L-Innu Malti, as well as a moment of silence in memory of the four fallen men. More...
In the News

Many Underestimate Marijuana Health Risks

A third of respondents in a new British survey said they believe smoking marijuana is harmless. The survey of 1,000 adults also found that nearly 90 percent think that smoking tobacco cigarettes is more harmful than smoking marijuana cigarettes, despite the fact that the lung cancer risk is 20 times higher for smoking marijuana. Researchers said that the increased risk may be due to the fact that marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and for longer amounts of time than tobacco smokers. Experts said the data suggest that more needs to be done to educate people about the health effects of smoking marijuana. More...
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