Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

stupefy

Definition:(verb) Make dull or stupid or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation.
Synonyms:besot
Usage: He did not like whiskey, but he drank to stupefy himself.
Article of the Day

Monopods

Monopods are mythological dwarf-like creatures with a single leg and a large foot. They are found in many works of fiction dating back to ancient Greece. Monopods are even mentioned in Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis (c. 77 CE), an encyclopedia of natural history. Twentieth-century writer C.S. Lewis also featured the one-legged creatures in his Chronicles of Narnia allegorical fantasy series. In both of these accounts, monopods are said to use their oversized feet for what purpose? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tannenberg Ends (1914)

The Battle of Tannenberg was a decisive engagement between Russian and German forces in WWI. After invading German East Prussia, the Russian First and Second armies became separated. German forces then attacked one of the isolated armies and forced its retreat, killing and capturing tens of thousands in the process. Though disastrous for Russia, the battle forced Germany to divert troops from the Western Front during the first critical weeks of the war. Why was the battle named after Tannenberg? More...
Today's Birthday

Nancy Wake (1912)

Wake, who lived to the age of 98, was one of World War II's most decorated servicewomen. A New Zealand native, she left home at 16 and eventually settled in Paris. When the Germans occupied France, Wake joined the resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she fled to Britain, where she joined the Special Operations Executive. In 1944, she parachuted back into France to help establish communications between the British military and French Resistance. What nickname did the Gestapo have for her? More...
Quotation of the Day
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

Hallmark moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be suitable as a greeting card. A reference to the Hallmark brand of greeting cards. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Rosa de Lima

St. Rose was the first canonized saint of the Americas, born in Lima, Peru, in 1586. She is the patron saint of Central and South America and the Philippines. She died in 1617 and was canonized in 1671. On her feast day, a candlelight procession takes place from her shrine in the church of Santo Domingo to the cathedral. Adults wear purple robes, while children wear white ones. People sing religious hymns as they accompany the rose-covered image to the cathedral. St. Rose's Day is a public holiday throughout Peru. More...
In the News

Merriam-Webster Adds Tweet and Bromance to Lexicon

According to the people at Merriam-Webster, a tweet is no longer just the chirping sound a bird makes, it is also "a post made on the Twitter online message service." Other words making their debut in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary include "boomerang child," referring to a "young adult who returns to live at his or her family home, especially for financial reasons"; "bromance," describing a "close, non-sexual relationship between men"; and "fist bump," a "gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration." In all, editors selected 150 new words to add to the dictionary. More...
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