Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

frowsty

Definition:(adjective) Stale and unclean smelling.
Synonyms:fusty, musty
Usage: As a college student, all I could afford was a frowsty basement apartment, but it served its purpose.
Article of the Day

Eid ul-Fitr

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. When Ramadan ends, they celebrate its conclusion with the three-day holiday Eid ul-Fitr, or simply Eid. After communities gather to pray, people put on new clothes, children are given presents, and everyone visits relatives and friends. It is the time when everyone asks pardon for all the wrongs of the past year. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid can fall in any season of the year. What is the common Eid greeting? More...
This Day in History

Nevado del Ruiz Erupts in Colombia (1985)

When ash began to fall on the Colombian town of Armero, local authorities assured residents that it was safe to stay put, despite geologists' warnings to the contrary. It had been more than 140 years since the last serious eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz, known to residents as "the Sleeping Lion." That night, a lahar—a massive flow of mud and debris—swept down the side of the erupting volcano, destroying Armero. It was the worst natural disaster in Columbian history. How many people were killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 CE)

Augustine was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city that is now Annaba, Algeria. In his early 30s, he converted to Christianity, gave up his position as professor of rhetoric, became a bishop, and turned his home into a monastery. He served for more than 40 years. While he lay dying, Vandals destroyed his city but spared his library. His writings, which include Confessions and De Civitate Dei, deeply influenced Western Christianity. What now-extinct religion did he originally practice? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

in bits and pieces

In many small fragments. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Frances Cabrini (2017)

The first American citizen to be proclaimed a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, Francesca Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) was born in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1880, and went on to establish orphanages, schools and hospitals in many American cities, as well as in Europe and South America. She was canonized on July 7, 1946. Her feast day is commemorated in many places, but particularly at Mother Cabrini High School in New York City, in whose chapel she is buried, and at every establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. More...
In the News

UN Appeals for Aid for Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

The news out of the Philippines remains grim. At least 10,000 people are feared dead following a devastating typhoon—one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall—that struck the central Philippines on Friday. Typhoon Haiyan also left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and affected millions more. Several countries have already sent aid to help the victims, but damaged infrastructure and continued bad weather are hindering relief efforts. The UN has issued a call for $301 million (£190 million) in aid for the island nation. More...
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