Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

apportion

Definition:(verb) Give out as one's portion or share.
Synonyms:divvy up, share, deal
Usage: It is not for us men to apportion the shares of moral guilt and retribution.
Article of the Day

Mountweazels

The 1975 New Columbia Encyclopedia hails Lillian Virginia Mountweazel as a fountain designer and photographer renowned for her photos of rural mailboxes. Her entry notes that she was killed in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine. Alas, the amusing entry is fictitious. Incorrect articles purposely placed in reference works like dictionaries and encyclopedias have since become known as "Mountweazels." What legitimate purpose do these entries serve? More...
This Day in History

Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre and was believed to be lost forever. Two years later, former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia was caught trying to sell the masterpiece to a gallery owner in his native Italy. It turned out that Peruggia had stolen the painting by hiding in a closet, waiting until the museum had closed, taking it down, and simply walking out with it hidden under his coat. How much time did Peruggia serve in jail for his crime? More...
Today's Birthday

Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher and his toy animals were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh. How did Christopher feel about his name being used in his father's stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men come and go as leaves year by year upon the trees. Those of autumn the wind sheds upon the ground, but when spring returns the forest buds forth with fresh vines.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

the gray dollar

The economic purchasing power of elderly people as a group. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Crow Fair

The Crow Fair is one of the biggest powwows in the US, held since 1918 at Crow Agency, Montana, about 65 miles southeast of Billings. The fair is hosted by the Crow tribe but attracts thousands of other Native Americans, who set up more than 1,000 tepees on the camp grounds. Dancing at the fair includes not only traditional Plains Indian dances but also the Crow Hop, which is similar to a war dance and is unique to the Crows. There are also rodeos with cash prizes, horse races, art exhibits, and demonstrations of such crafts as pipe carving and jewelry designing. More...
In the News

Musharraf Charged in Bhutto Assassination

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has been charged with murder, criminal conspiracy to murder, and facilitation of murder in connection with the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto at a campaign rally. Musharraf, who became the country's military leader following a 1999 coup and president not long after, resigned from office under threat of impeachment in 2008 and thereafter went into self-imposed exile. He returned to Pakistan earlier this year hoping to revive his political career but has instead found himself under house arrest and facing a slew of charges stemming from his time in power. More...
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