Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

nutriment

Definition:(noun) A source of nourishment; food.
Synonyms:sustenance, victuals, aliment, nourishment, nutrition
Usage: The animals' habitat was destroyed in the storm, and they wandered the ravaged plains searching for nutriment.
Article of the Day

André the Giant

André “the Giant” René Roussimoff was born in France and rose to fame as a pro wrestler. His stature was the result of pituitary gigantism, a hormonal disease. Conflicting reports exist as to his actual height; estimates range from 6 ft 10 in (208 cm) to 7ft 5 in (226 cm). His weight, also under dispute, has been billed as lying anywhere between 380 lb (172 kg) and 540 lb (245 kg). André played Fezzik in the movie The Princess Bride and later inspired Billy Crystal to write what film? 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
The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

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 (2016)

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

Texters Rejoice: The Phone-brella is Here

You know you've done it. That awkward texting-while-holding-umbrella dance. Or the finding-directions-while-holding-umbrella dance. Whatever your version of it, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Umbrella in one hand, phone in the other, you search ... More...
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