Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 24, 2014)
Word of the Day

recalcitrant

Definition:(adjective) Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
Synonyms:refractory
Usage: Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects.
Article of the Day

Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent and wealthy Vanderbilt family, was seen as the ultimate marital prize of the Victorian age. Though she was in love with another man, Consuelo was pressured by her overbearing mother to marry Charles Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. The couple subsequently divorced, and Consuelo went on to marry Jacques Balsan, a record-breaking balloon and hydroplane pilot. How much money did the Duke of Marlborough collect upon marrying Consuelo? More...
This Day in History

Honda Motor Company Founded (1948)

In 1946, Japanese mechanic, race car driver, and self-taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded a company that made small, efficient engines. It was incorporated as Honda Motor Co. two years later and originally produced only motorcycles. Its clean-burning CVCC engine created an automotive revolution, and its cars won a large share of the US market after they went on sale in 1963. Today, Honda is one of the world's leading automakers. What else besides cars and motorcycles does Honda manufacture? More...
Today's Birthday

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Marion County Ham Days (2016)

This event is a weekend celebration of the famous Kentucky smoked ham, held in Lebanon (Marion County), Kentucky, since 1970. The affair started with a simple country ham breakfast served to about 300 people on the street; now about 50,000 folks show up. Breakfast (ham cured in Marion County, eggs, biscuits with local honey, fried apples) is still served on Saturday and Sunday, but there is more: a "Pigasus Parade" with more than 100 floats, a Pokey Pig 5K run, a crafts and antiques show, a hog-calling contest, a hay-bale toss, and a hot air balloon race. More...
In the News

New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

Last month, the World Health Organization estimated that 20,000 people could contract Ebola by mid-2015, but revised projections now indicate that this number could be reached as early as November. By January, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infected could rise as high as 1.4 million. New data also indicate that this outbreak is deadlier than previously believed, killing 70 percent of those who contract the illness. More...
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