Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

buckler

Definition:(noun) Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows.
Synonyms:shield
Usage: As soon as he deflected his opponent's blow with his buckler, he went on the offensive, slashing away with his sword.
Article of the Day

The Lambton Worm

One of northeast England's most famous fairy tales, the story of the Lambton Worm opens with a youth named John Lambton skipping church to go fishing, whereupon he catches a strange eel-like creature and drops it down a well. Lambton eventually goes on to join the Crusades and returns years later to find that the worm has become a giant beast. A witch tells him how to defeat the creature but warns him that he must kill the first living thing he sees after he does so. How does the story end? More...
This Day in History

Night of the Murdered Poets (1952)

In one of the instances of violent anti-Semitism during Joseph Stalin's regime, 15 Soviet Jews linked to the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were falsely accused of espionage, treason, and other crimes. After their arrests, they were tortured and isolated for three years before being formally charged. In 1952, 13 of them were executed in Moscow on a night remembered as the "Night of the Murdered Poets," named after five of the prisoners, who were Yiddish writers. Who were these poets? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women's contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More...
Quotation of the Day
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

get the green light

To receive permission to proceed with some action or task. Likened to the green light of a traffic signal. More...
Today's Holiday

Abbotsford International Air Show (2016)

Widely recognized as Canada's national air show, this three-day event is an opportunity for the aviation industry to display the latest developments in civilian aircraft. Since the first show was held in 1962, it has included aerobatic performances by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force, the Snowbirds Jet Team and the US Air Force's Thunderbirds. There is also a large banquet featuring well-known personalities in the aviation and aerospace fields. The show is held at the airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and is regularly attended by upwards of 200,000 people. More...
In the News

Woman Mauled by Chimp Reveals New Face

The first post-operative photograph of Charla Nash has been released, revealing to the public the new face she received in a 20-hour full face transplant in May, the third such surgery ever performed in the US. At that time, surgeons also performed an ambitious double hand transplant on her, but the hands did not thrive and were subsequently removed. Still, doctors are optimistic that future attempts to replace her hands could be successful. In 2009, Nash lost her hands, lips, nose, eyes, and an eyelid when she was mauled by her friend's pet chimpanzee. More...
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