Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

tweedy

Definition:(adjective) Of textiles; having a rough surface.
Synonyms:homespun, nubby, slubbed
Usage: Instead of offering something soft and comfortable, the saleswoman handed me a sweater knitted of tweedy yarns.
Article of the Day

Szczerbiec

The sole surviving piece of the original Polish crown jewels, the Szczerbiec—or "Notched Sword"—is the ceremonial sword that was used to crown Polish kings from 1320 to 1764. Legend states that it was given by an angel to King Boleslaw, who chipped it on the gates of Kiev in 1018, yet the sword only dates to the 13th century, raising questions about the veracity of the tale. Looted by Prussian troops in 1795, the sword was not returned until 1928. Why is there a slit on its blade below the hilt? More...
This Day in History

Saddam Hussein Becomes President of Iraq (1979)

Hussein was president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. He joined Iraq's Ba'th Party in 1957 and fled to Egypt after participating in a failed attempt to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister in 1959. He returned to Iraq when the Ba'thists gained power in 1963 but was jailed when they were overthrown. He escaped and helped reinstall the party in 1968. A decade later, he took over the presidency with the aim of replacing Egypt as leader of the Arab world. How many wars did Iraq fight during his tenure? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Clare of Assisi (1194)

Born to a noble family, Chiara Offreduccio, now St. Clare of Assisi, was deeply influenced by fellow Assisian St. Francis. Refusing to marry, she instead fled to a chapel where he received her vows. She later became abbess of a female religious community that included her sister and mother. The Second Order of St. Francis, or Poor Clares, adopted the absolute poverty of St. Francis but was strictly cloistered, unlike its counterpart, the Franciscans. Why is Clare the patron saint of television? More...
Quotation of the Day
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

good graces

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good graces" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

Nuestra Señora de Itatí

The town of Itatí is situated on the banks of Argentina's Paraná River. Two days before the well-known festival of Neustra Señora de Itatí, which is held on July 16, thousands of pilgrims begin to arrive from San Luis de Palmar in a seemingly endless procession of people on horseback, in carts, and on foot; festival goers arrive from all over Argentina as well. Worship services take place on the 16th in the huge basilica that guards the copper statue of the Virgin, which is more than 24 feet high. Pilgrims even ascend up into the statue until their heads reach the Virgin's crown. More...
In the News

Matchmaker's App Helps People Ditch Bad Dates

The online dating service eHarmony is best known for getting people together, but now it's helping them ditch dates too. The site recently launched the Bad Date Rescue app, a free iPhone application that lets users prearrange a fake phone call that will give them an excuse to duck out of a date early, if they so desire. Users are able to choose what number from their address book will appear on the phone's screen when the "call" is coming through as well as what excuse, such as a work emergency or a leaky pipe at home, the voice on the other end will give for the call. There is even a quick rescue feature that can prompt a call within minutes if necessary. More...
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