Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

saturnine

Definition:(adjective) Showing a brooding ill humor.
Synonyms:glowering, moody, morose, sullen, glum, dour, sour, dark
Usage: Since he had heard of Lilla's death, the gloom of his remorse had made more hopeless his cruel, selfish, saturnine nature.
Article of the Day

Lucky Clover

The four-leaf clover is a rare mutation of the common three-leaf clover. There are an estimated 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. Believed to be an omen of good luck, the four-leaf clover's leaves represent faith, hope, love, and luck. It is not the only famous type of clover, however. The five-leaf clover is actually said to be luckier, while the three-leaf clover is Ireland's emblem, also known as a shamrock. What is the greatest number of leaves ever found on one clover? 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
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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

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

Gulf Dead Zone Roughly the Size of Connecticut

Human activities have created a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut—about 5,000 square miles (13,000 sq km). Though this is several thousand square miles smaller than it was at its peak, it remains the second-largest dead zone in the world. Dead zones develop when there is insufficient oxygen near the ocean floor to support marine life. In most cases, this results from an overgrowth of algae fed by excessive nutrient runoff from farming and other human activities. More...
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