Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

promontory

Definition:(noun) A high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water; a headland.
Synonyms:foreland
Usage: Two miles farther on we were stopped by the promontory which shelters the bay from the southerly winds.
Article of the Day

The Cannes Film Festival

This prestigious international film festival is held annually in Cannes, France. It takes place at the Palais des Festivals, and its most illustrious award is the Palme d'Or—meaning "Golden Palm"—for the best film. First held in 1946, the festival marked a resurgence for the film industry, which had been shattered by World War II, and became a meeting place for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Why wasn't the festival held in either 1948 or 1950? More...
This Day in History

Pueblo Revolt Begins (1680)

The Pueblo Revolt was an uprising of Native American communities against Spanish colonization in New Mexico. Organized by a medicine man called Popé and other Pueblo leaders, the uprising led to the deaths of some 400 colonists and missionaries and forced the surviving Spaniards to retreat to El Paso, freeing the Pueblo of Spanish rule for the first time in 82 years. However, internal dissension and Apache raids soon weakened the unity of the Pueblo. What happened in 1692 after Popé's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Darrow (1889)

Darrow was a heating engineer who is generally credited with developing "Monopoly," a board game in which players compete to purchase real estate and bankrupt their opponents, though there is evidence that he merely adapted Elizabeth Magie's realty and taxation game "The Landlord's Game." "Monopoly" was initially rejected by Parker Brothers, but after Darrow met with success selling the game himself, the toy firm reconsidered and bought it in 1935. What were their initial objections? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

Elysian Fields

A place or time of perfect, happy contentment, likened to the paradisiacal afterlife of Greek mythology. More...
Today's Holiday

Ecuador Independence Day

Independence Day, or National Day, in Ecuador celebrates its independence movement of 1809. Freedom from Spanish rule was finally achieved on May 24, 1822. (That event is commemorated each year on May 24 with another holiday called Battle of Pichincha Day.) Patriotic festivities are held throughout the country, but particularly in the colorful capital city of Quito. More...
In the News

Cryptolocker Unlocked

Some half a million people were victimized by a criminal ring running a malicious program, called Cryptolocker, which encrypts files on Windows computers and demands a substantial sum be paid in order to regain access to the files. Only about 1.3 percent of the victims are believed to have paid the ransom, but it still netted the group an estimated $3 million. In a stroke of apparent luck, authorities gained access to the gang's database of victims and encryption keys, and they are now offering victims free help unlocking their files. The alleged mastermind of this and at least one other major malware scheme, Russian Evgeniy Bogachev, is currently being sought by the FBI. More...
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