Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 23, 2014)
Word of the Day

gauche

Definition:(adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms:unpolished, graceless
Usage: Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings.
Article of the Day

Ben and Jerry's

In 1978, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield invested $12,000 to launch their ice cream company in a renovated gas station. The Vermont-based company drew national publicity when it filed a lawsuit to protest the blocking of its distribution by a rival ice cream company and went on to become famous for its creative flavor names, like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, and socially conscious approach. Why are Ben and Jerry's ice creams typically chock-full of chunky add-ins? More...
This Day in History

The Concordat of Worms (1122)

The Concordat of Worms was an agreement reached by Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V that put an end to the first phase of the power struggle between Rome and what was becoming the Holy Roman Empire. Under its terms, the king was recognized as having the right to invest bishops "by the lance" but not "by ring and staff," meaning he could grant them secular but not sacred authority. What message about the divine right of kings did the concordat convey? More...
Today's Birthday

Mickey Rooney (1920)

Rooney was an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family's vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. What was Rooney's name at birth? More...
Quotation of the Day
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have a fable for (something)

To have a strong or particular preference, affinity, or weakness for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival (2016)

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is California's oldest wine festival, held since the late 1890s in Sonoma, the cradle of the state's wine industry. It is located in Sonoma Valley, which Jack London made famous as the "Valley of the Moon." In the 1850s, Hungarian nobleman Count Agoston Haraszthy planted thousands of cuttings from European grape vines to establish the Buena Vista Winery, now the state's oldest premium winery. The three-day festival includes wine tastings, parades, live music, a blessing of the grapes, a firemen's water fight, and grape stomps. More...
In the News

Flood of Syrian Refugees Crossing into Turkey

In just the past few days, well over 100,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey, and many tens of thousands more may soon follow. The recent influx—the largest in such a short period since the start of Syria's civil war more than three years ago—is being driven by Islamic State advances in the heavily Kurdish area of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab. The surge is straining resources already stretched to the limit by the 1.3 million Syrian refugees that had made their way into Turkey prior to this. More...
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