Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

amicable

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill.
Synonyms:friendly, civil, peaceful, polite, harmonious, amiable, courteous, cordial, sociable, fraternal
Usage: Our dispute was finally settled in an amicable manner, and we parted as friends.
Article of the Day

"The Real McCoy"

"The real McCoy" is an idiom used to mean "the real thing" or "the genuine article," but who—or what—was McCoy? The origins of the phrase are hazy. It may have originated as a corruption of the Scottish phrase "the real MacKay." Alternately, it may have been inspired by the infamous Hatfield and McCoy family feud in the late 19th-century US. Still others trace it back to William McCoy, a Prohibition-era rumrunner who reputedly never watered down his liquor. What are other possible explanations? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Ronsard (1524)

Now considered one of the greatest French poets, Ronsard first served as a page and a squire and seemed destined for a career at court both in France and abroad. However, an illness left him partially deaf, and he turned to scholarship and literature. Named poet royal, the "prince of poets" wrote a great number of poems on many themes, especially patriotism, love, and death. He led a group of poets who cultivated the sonnet form and took the name of what earlier group of poets and tragedians? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be hard hit (by something)

To be adversely affected (by something) to a great degree; to suffer financial losses (as the result of something). More...
Today's Holiday

National Bilby Day

Bilbies are nocturnal marsupials in Australia. The animal is not well known compared to the other iconic animals of Australia, a fact that conservationists hope to rectify by raising awareness on National Bilby Day. The event takes place in Charleville, west of Brisbane, where the bilbies are part of a captive breeding program. On Bilby Day, booths sell bilby stuffed animals and offer face-painting and bilby ears to dress children up like the beloved critters. Wildlife experts are on hand to give talks on the current status of bilbies and other endangered species. More...
In the News

Gone Are the Days of a Quarter a Tooth

The tooth fairy seems to have lost her head in recent years, spending wildly to expand her collection of baby teeth. A study by financial services company Visa finds that the going rate for a tooth in the US these days is $3.70 on average, well above the quarter many of us remember finding under our pillows. Some kids get even more. Six percent of tooth fairy representatives—otherwise known as parents—shell out $20 per tooth, while two percent leave an outrageous $50 or more. Has the tooth fairy gone too far, or is this just the cost of inflation? More...
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