Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 31, 2014)
Word of the Day

picayune

Definition:(adjective) Of little value or importance; paltry.
Synonyms:fiddling, footling, niggling, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction.
Article of the Day

Isadora Duncan

Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance. Though born in the US, she was never very popular there. It was in Europe where she achieved great acclaim. An innovator and liberator of expressive movement, Duncan rejected the conventions of classical ballet and gave lecture-demonstrations of what she called "the dance of the future." Inspired by the drama of ancient Greece, she danced barefoot while wearing revealing Greek tunics and flowing scarves. How did her fondness for scarves lead to her death? More...
This Day in History

Spanish Treasure Fleet Sinks off Florida Coast in Hurricane (1715)

From the 16th to the 18th centuries, the Spanish Empire used a system of convoys, called treasure fleets, to transport a wide variety of items to Spain from its territories in the New World. Seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, all 11 of the ships in the 1715 treasure fleet sank during a hurricane near present-day Florida, resulting in the deaths of thousands of sailors. The disaster also resulted in the loss of what precious items, some of which still occasionally wash ashore? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Benenson (1921)

Peter Benenson was an English lawyer who organized a letter-writing campaign in 1961 calling for amnesty for "prisoners of conscience." His campaign resulted in the establishment of Amnesty International, a human-rights organization that works to combat violations of human rights, especially abridgments of freedom of speech and religion and the imprisonment and torture of political dissidents. Why did Benenson resign from his position within Amnesty International in 1967? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is easier to get into the enemy's toils than out again.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

hang paper

To write a dishonored or bad check. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration (2016)

The Nicodemus Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration is held annually the last weekend in July to celebrate the abolishment of slavery in the United States. It also celebrates NicodemusNicodemus, the only still-living all-black community west of the Mississippi founded by former slaves. The Emancipation and Homecoming Celebration has taken place every year since 1878. The event includes such attractions as a parade, a fashion show, military displays, and descendants' program, which draws relatives of the original town settlers from across the country. More...
In the News

More Mystery Holes Appear in Siberia

Two more mysterious craters have cropped up—or, perhaps more accurately, down—in an isolated region of Siberia north of the Arctic Circle. Earlier this month, the first such crater, nicknamed the "Yamal black hole" for its location on the Yamal peninsula, was discovered in the region. The area is rich in natural gas, leading to speculation that the holes are the result of underground gas explosions. However, this is not the only theory. Meteorites, stray missiles, and even aliens have all been cited as potential causes for the mysterious craters. More...
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