Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 02, 2015)
Word of the Day

teetotum

Definition:(noun) A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
Synonyms:spinning top, whirligig, top
Usage: The boy was thrilled to get a bright red teetotum for his birthday and spent all summer watching it spin.
Article of the Day

Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull, a retired Canadian ice hockey player, is considered the best left wing in the sport's history. He began skating at the age of 3 and began playing with the National Hockey League's Chicago Black Hawks in the 1957–58 season. Dissatisfied with his NHL salary, Hull responded to overtures from the upstart World Hockey Association's Winnipeg Jets in 1972 by joking that he would sign with them for a million dollar contract; how did the Jets respond? 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
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

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 (2016)

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

Chimps Denied Legal Personhood Will Be Retired From Research

Two chimpanzees that inspired an unsuccessful lawsuit to grant them personhood rights will be retired from research at a New York state university. Stony Brook University professor Susan Larson tells Newsday that her experiments involving Hercules and ... More...
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