Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

indolence

Definition:(noun) Inactivity resulting from a dislike of work.
Synonyms:laziness
Usage: She had set out at an early hour, but had lingered on the road, inclined by her indolence to believe that if she waited under a warm shed the snow would cease to fall.
Article of the Day

Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp

Hedwig is perhaps best remembered for her diary, which chronicled her life in the Swedish royal court. In 1774, when she was 15 years old, she married her cousin, the future King Charles XIII. The marriage was arranged by Charles's older brother, King Gustav III, who hoped the union would ensure the continuation of his family's power. It did not work. Habitually unfaithful, Charles died childless. Hedwig also engaged in affairs—including with the alleged lover of what other queen? More...
This Day in History

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing (1996)

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a bombing in Centennial Olympic Park killed one person and injured 111 others. Despite the attack, officials and athletes agreed that the games should continue. Security guard Richard Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping clear the area before it detonated, but he soon fell under suspicion and was vilified by various media outlets before finally being exonerated. Who was actually behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludovico Sforza (1452)

Sforza effectively ruled Milan from 1480, first as regent for his young nephew and later, after his nephew's suspicious death, as duke. The patron of Leonardo da Vinci, he presided over the final and most productive period of the Milanese Renaissance but was captured and imprisoned while fighting to expel the French from Italy. Before his fall, he was one of the wealthiest and most powerful princes of Italy, spending immense sums to further the arts and sciences. What painting did he commission? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself,—it only requires opportunity.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

(all) great minds run in the same channel

Wise or intelligent people tend to have the same ideas or think in a similar way. Often used humorously regarding unremarkable thoughts occuring simultaenously between two or more people. More...
Today's Holiday

Cheyenne Frontier Days

What began in 1897 as an attempt to keep alive the sports and customs of the Old West has grown into a week-long festival that regularly attracts over 300,000 visitors. Cheyenne, Wyoming, was one of the wealthiest cattle-raising cities in the world in the 1880s, and now it celebrates its colorful history by staging one of the world's largest outdoor rodeos. The festival also includes parades of covered wagons, stagecoaches and other old-time vehicles; ceremonial Native American dances; the crowning of a "Miss Frontier" queen; and pageants recreating events from Cheyenne's past. More...
In the News

Breakfast Important for Heart Health

Many of us are guilty of skipping breakfast, but that does not mean it is good for us. In fact, the opposite may very well be true. Skipping breakfast could place added strain on the body, putting those who do it at greater risk of cardiovascular problems. A recent study of older men found that those who routinely skipped breakfast were 27 percent more likely to suffer from heart problems than those who were in the habit of eating in the morning. Perhaps we should all pay a little more heed to the adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. More...
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