Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 11, 2014)
Word of the Day

collude

Definition:(verb) Act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose.
Synonyms:conspire, connive
Usage: Several local officials have been jailed on charges of colluding with the Mafia.
Article of the Day

Filigree

Filigree is an ornamental work of fine gold or silver wire, often wrought into an openwork design and joined with matching solder under the flame of a blowpipe. It was made in ancient Egypt, China, and India. Saxons, Britons, and especially the Celts in Ireland were skilled at devising intricate and ingenious designs in the Middle Ages. Today, it is employed in Mediterranean areas, as well as in Mexico, India, and Scandinavian countries. What is the origin of the word "filigree"? 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
How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no help in the truth.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

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 (2016)

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

Home Depot Hit by Credit Card Hack

American home improvement chain Home Depot has reportedly suffered a credit card data breach that rivals, possibly even surpasses, last year's unprecedented Target breach in scope. Home Depot's in-store payment systems were apparently infected by a variant of the malware that gave hackers at least 40 million payment card numbers and 70 million other pieces of Target customer data in 2013. According to a statement by Home Depot, any customer who used a credit or debit card at one of its stores since April could be at risk. More...
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