Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

fishgig

Definition:(noun) An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish.
Synonyms:lance, spear
Usage: I gently slid the salmon off my fishgig and passed it to my son, who placed it with the rest of the day's catch.
Article of the Day

Hungry Enough to Eat an Elephant (or Two)

Castor and Pollux were two elephants, possibly siblings, who were killed and eaten by the besieged citizens of Paris in 1870. During the course of the Franco-Prussian war, German forces surrounded Paris and cut off its supply lines. Food stores dwindled, and within months, most of city's horses, dog, and cats had been consumed. In desperation, butchers turned to the city’s zoos. The antelopes, camels, yaks, and zebras went first. Finally, it was the elephants’ turn. How did they taste? More...
This Day in History

US Postal Service's First and Only Delivery of "Missile Mail" (1959)

In 1959, the US Navy assisted the US Post Office Department—predecessor of today's US Postal Service—in its search for a faster form of mail transportation. The USPS tried its first and only delivery of "missile mail" when a Navy submarine fired a guided cruise missile containing 3,000 pieces of mail off the Florida coast. Twenty-two minutes later, the missile landed at a naval station in Mayport, Florida. What bold claims did the postmaster general make about missile mail at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Lena Baker (1901)

Baker was an African-American maid who was executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945 for killing her employer, Ernest Knight. The only woman ever executed by electrocution in Georgia, Baker was fully pardoned 60 years after her death. At her trial, she claimed that Knight had imprisoned her and threatened to shoot her if she attempted to leave, so she had taken his gun and shot him in self defense. Her trial was presided over by Judge William "Two Gun" Worrill and lasted how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day (2016)

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium, he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
In the News

Kim Jong-un Delivers Speech to Schoolchildren

In his second public speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addressed his nation's schoolchildren, approximately 20,000 of whom were transported to the capital, Pyongyang, to hear him speak Wednesday. The new leader made his first speech in April during the 100th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, North Korean founder Kim Il-sung. It has been suggested that Kim Jong-un is crafting a persona similar to that of his grandfather. In contrast, his father, Kim Jong-il, is thought to have made only one speech during his reign, which ended with his death last December. Kim Jong-un urged the students to study hard so they can make contributions to their country. More...
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