Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

misgiving

Definition:(noun) (Often plural) A feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt.
Synonyms:unease, worry, anxiety, suspicion, reservation, hesitation, distrust, qualm, trepidation, scruple, dubiety
Usage: Within all was dark; but she entered as freely and with as little misgiving or restraint as if it had been broad daylight.
Article of the Day

Brazen Head

Medieval Europe's version of the Magic 8 Ball, the legendary brazen head was a purportedly prophetic device said to be able to correctly answer any question put to it. Accounts of these devices differ—some are described as mechanical, others as magical—but they always take the form of a man's head. Brazen heads were so widely accepted that even writers, philosophers, and religious leaders allegedly made use of them. What work, often considered the first great novel, features such a head? More...
This Day in History

National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)

In 1976, the Parti Québécois, a party of French-Canadian nationalists formed in 1970, won control of the provincial parliament. Among its first acts was the passage of La charte de la langue française—the Charter of the French Language. Also known as Bill 101, the controversial legislation made French the official language of Quebec and prohibited the use of English on signs and in most commercial transactions. What effect did the charter have on businesses in Quebec? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)

Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins' Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name? More...
Quotation of the Day
What would any of us have been, if our fathers hadn't drawed our faculties out of us?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

gun it

To accelerate or increase speed suddenly or rapidly; to travel or move very quickly. Usually said while traveling in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Namibia Heroes Day (2016)

To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes' Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate. Representatives from all 13 regions give performances and cultural presentations, including traditional praise songs and dances. A re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag, as the real fighters did after each triumph in the war. In Namibia's capital city of Windhoek, the Heroes' Acre national monument was erected to honor the freedom fighters. More...
In the News

Voyager 1 May Have Exited the Solar System

Launched in September 1977, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe has been traveling through space for nearly 36 years and may have become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Experts are divided on the meaning of a dramatic change in the particles and rays detected by the probe last year, but some believe it indicates a crossing over into interstellar space. Others think it has entered a previously unknown region, a so-called magnetic highway, between the heliosphere and interstellar space. Powered by radioactive plutonium, Voyager 1 is expected to remain operative for about another decade. More...
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