Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 04, 2016)
Word of the Day

guidepost

Definition:(noun) A rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior.
Synonyms:rule of thumb, guideline
Usage: His guidepost in social situations was the belief that people tend to be kind to those who are kind.
Article of the Day

The Great Train Robbery

Five days after one of the biggest heists in British history, an anonymous tip led police to a farm where they found the robbers' fingerprints, including some on a Monopoly game that had apparently been played after the robbery—with real money. Thirteen of the criminals involved in the 1963 event now known as "the Great Train Robbery" were eventually caught, but the bulk of the stolen £2.6 million—the equivalent of US $80 million today—was never recovered. How did the robbers stop the train? More...
This Day in History

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Published (1855)

Often considered the most influential volume of poetry in American literature, Whitman's Leaves of Grass was unconventional in both content and technique and initially scandalized the public with its frank celebration of sexuality. The first edition contained 12 poems, including "Song of Myself," in which the author proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people, but Whitman revised and expanded subsequent editions. How many poems are found in his "deathbed edition"? More...
Today's Birthday

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807)

Garibaldi is considered an Italian national hero for his role in the Risorgimento, the movement to liberate and unify Italy. In 1848, after having spent time in South America learning guerilla warfare tactics, he returned to Italy to fight for its independence. He fought Austria in Milan and France in Rome. In 1860, he raised an army of 1,000 and attacked Sicily. By the end of his campaign, he commanded 30,000 men, with whom he seized Naples, before handing all of southern Italy over to whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is like a rich stone,—best plain set.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

go to the mattresses

To enter into or prepare for a lengthy war, battle, or conflict; to adopt a combative or warlike position. While the true origin is uncertain, the phrase was popularized in English by The Godfather novel and films, where it referred to warring mafia families housing their soldiers in small, secure apartments to await orders. More...
Today's Holiday

Fourth of July (Aalborg, Denmark) (2016)

The Fourth of July celebration held in Aalborg, Denmark, each year since 1912 was started by Dr. Max Henius of Chicago. He bought 200 acres of land in Rebild and deeded the land to King Christian X, with the stipulation that his fellow Danish Americans be allowed to celebrate the Fourth of July there every year. The area is now a national park, and about 35,000 people come to observe America's Independence Day. A replica of the Liberty Bell is rung, the national anthems of both countries are sung, and there are bilingual readings of the Declaration of Independence. More...
In the News

The Rocks on Mars Suggest It Used to Look like Earth. What Happened?

A vast shallow sea shimmered beneath oxygen-rich skies. The rocky crests of cliffs and hills reflected in the still water below. The landscape would have been familiar, except for its eerie desolation; nothing on the entire planet moved but the sands ... More...
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