Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 25, 2020)
Word of the Day

hornswoggle

Definition:(verb) Deprive of by deceit.
Synonyms:bunco, con, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize
Usage: I might be a thief, but even I think it is shameful to hornswoggle an old lady out of her life savings!
Article of the Day

Cock Throwing

Widely practiced in England until the 19th century, cock throwing was a blood sport in which people took turns throwing heavy sticks at a rooster tied to a stake until it died. If a rooster became too injured to stand, it could be propped up on sticks for the remainder of the game. It was a popular pastime for people of all classes, particularly among the young, and was traditionally practiced on Shrove Tuesday—even after it was banned. What were some variations on the brutal game? More...
This Day in History

General George Washington Crosses the Delaware in a Surprise Attack (1776)

By December 1776, the morale of American colonists fighting in the Revolution had been severely weakened by a string of losses to the better-equipped British. On Christmas Day, Washington crossed the partially-frozen Delaware River with thousands of troops, overnight and during an ice storm, to surprise and overwhelm Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. There were few casualties, and the bold move restored hope of an American victory. What secret phrase signaled the start of the crossing? More...
Today's Birthday

Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887)

As a boy, Hilton helped his father turn the family's home into an inn for traveling salesmen. After serving in World War I, he began to buy hotels in Texas and soon graduated to such grand establishments as Chicago's Palmer House and the Waldorf-Astoria of New York. By the late 1940s, Hilton's company had expanded overseas, and at the time of his death in 1979, Hilton controlled the world's largest hotel company. Aside from the Bible, what book was once stocked in all of Hilton's hotel rooms? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Asarah be-Tevet (Fast of the Tenth of Tevet) (2020)

Asarah be-Tevet is a Jewish fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE that was a prelude to the destruction of the First Temple. The fast begins at first morning light on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet. In Israel, it is also a day to remember the victims of the Holocaust. However, Jews outside Israel observe Yom ha-Shoah as Holocaust Memorial Day. More...
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