Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 02, 2013)
Word of the Day

ruminate

Definition:(verb) Reflect deeply on a subject.
Synonyms:meditate, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, speculate, contemplate
Usage: When Prince Bladud had been shut up in the lofty turret for the greater part of a year …, he naturally began to ruminate on a plan of escape.
Article of the Day

Electric Eels

Electric eels are the sluggish inhabitants of slow freshwater basins in South America. Cylindrical, scaleless, and gray-brown, they can grow to nine feet (2.75 m) long and weigh up to 49 pounds (22 kg). The electric eel, however, is not a true eel, but is rather a knifefish that can produce a shock—powerful enough to stun a human—while hunting or in self-defense. The shock is produced by the electric organs in its body that generate charge in a manner similar to what common household item? More...
This Day in History

Potsdam Conference Concludes (1945)

The Potsdam Conference was an Allied conference held in the Berlin suburb of Potsdam after Germany's surrender in World War II. Representing the US, USSR, and UK, respectively, Harry Truman, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill met there to discuss European peace settlements and reparations, the administration of Germany, the demarcation of Poland, the occupation of Austria, the USSR's role in eastern Europe, and the war against Japan. Who replaced Churchill during the conference? More...
Today's Birthday

Carroll O'Connor (1924)

O'Connor was an American actor who started out on the stage and appeared in a number of movies in the 1950s and 60s. He gained fame in the 70s and early 80s playing Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, winning numerous Emmy awards for his portrayal of the bigoted yet loveable blue-collar family man. He later starred as a progressive Southern sheriff on the TV show In the Heat of the Night. Which of O'Connor's relatives also had a role on that show? More...
Quotation of the Day
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

happen by

To appear, arrive, pass, or come upon casually or by chance. More...
Today's Holiday

Virgen de Los Angeles Day

Costa Rica honors its patron saint, La Virgen de los Angeles (also known as La Negrita), on this day. La Negrita is a statue of the Virgin Mary carved in dark wood, which is how La Negrita ("little dark one") earned its name. It is housed in the Basilica Virgen de Los Angeles in Cartago, next to a small stream. People from all over the country come to Cartago on August 2 to celebrate the mass at the Basilica, pray to Little Negrita, and collect water from the stream. Celebrations include street fairs, live music, and feasts throughout Costa Rica. More...
In the News

Talk Show Stirs Controversy with Recent Giveaways

Talk shows have been known to pull all sorts of stunts to better their ratings. The Oprah show, for example, made headlines in 2004, when it gifted a brand new car to each member of its audience. However, one popular Pakistani talk show has taken this giveaway gambit to the extreme, giving babies to childless families live on the air. So far, two abandoned baby girls have been given away on the show, and a boy is expected to be given away shortly. The show purports to be saving these children from almost certain death, but critics have expressed disgust over what they perceive to be an exploitation of the plight of these youngsters. More...
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