Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

uproarious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter.
Synonyms:hilarious, screaming
Usage: My brother spent the evening regaling us with uproarious tales of the pranks he and his bunkmates used to play on the other campers.
Article of the Day

Pointe Shoes

Women began to dance in ballets in 1681, but dancing en pointe—on the tips of the toes—was a 19th-century development that necessitated a new type of shoe. Pointe shoes have two special features that enable this sort of dancing: the box and shank. The box, made of layers of paper or fabric, encases and supports the dancer's toes and forms a platform upon which she may balance. The shank, meanwhile, provides arch support. How long does a pair of pointe shoes typically last? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)

The Battle of Bosworth Field was the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses in which Henry Tudor defeated the royal forces of Richard III, the last king of the House of York. Richard was killed in battle, and Henry advanced to London and was crowned as Henry VII. In 1486, Henry married Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth, thus uniting the houses of York and Lancaster, ending the Wars of the Roses and founding the Tudor royal dynasty. This battle is featured in which of Shakespeare's plays? More...
Today's Birthday

Deng Xiaoping (1904)

Deng was a Chinese revolutionary and government leader. A veteran of the Long March, he became deputy premier in 1952 and soon joined the Politburo Standing Committee. He was ousted and reinstated several times and at one point was assigned to work in a tractor factory. From the late 1970s until his death in 1997, he was China's most powerful leader. He promoted a wide-reaching reform program that introduced free-enterprise elements into the economy. What was Deng's famous saying about a cat? More...
Quotation of the Day
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

grill (someone) (about something)

To question or interrogate someone intensely and relentlessly (about something). More...
Today's Holiday

Queenship of Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of "Queen" at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More...
In the News

Mom Develops Bricking App to Get Kids to Call Back

A mother tired of her children repeatedly ignoring her calls decided to do something about it. Her new app, Ignore No More, allows parents to remotely lock their children's phones, blocking texting, gaming, Internet services, and all calling except calls to authorized "parent" contacts and emergency services. In this way, the app effectively forces unresponsive youngsters to check in with mom or dad if they want to regain access to their devices. The app has gotten mixed responses, with some applauding it as a helpful parenting tool and others criticizing it as overly controlling. What is your opinion? More...
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