Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

ignominy

Definition:(noun) Great personal dishonor or humiliation.
Synonyms:disgrace, shame
Usage: The celebrated actor suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.
Article of the Day

The Mediterranean Sea

At 965,000 sq mi (2,499,350 sq km), the Mediterranean Sea is the world's largest inland sea. It is surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar. Known as the “cradle of civilization,” it was a superhighway of transport in ancient times, allowing for trade and cultural exchange between communities in the area. The regions surrounding the sea have typically warm, dry, sunny climates. How many states have a coastline on the Mediterranean? 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
Here is a golden Rule...Write legibly. The average temper of the human race would be perceptibly sweetened, if everybody obeyed this Rule!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

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

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

Can Fidgeting Offset the Ill Effects of Sitting? New Study Says So

If you're concerned that the amount of sitting you do might one day kill you, as some studies have suggested, new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine may buck you up: It finds that fidgeting while you work may help offset the ... More...
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