Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

impute

Definition:(verb) Attribute or credit to.
Synonyms:ascribe, attribute, assign
Usage: Keller, why does your article impute things to my father without the slightest foundation?
Article of the Day

Jim Ignatowski

Ranked 32nd on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time," Jim Ignatowski was a character played by Christopher Lloyd in the 1970s television series Taxi. A burned-out product of 1960s counterculture, Ignatowski lived in a world of his own, often exhibiting "spaced-out" behavior as a result of his extensive drug use. However, Lloyd was able to add much humanity to what could have been a one-dimensional role. What did Ignatowski do when he inherited $3 million? More...
This Day in History

Titanic Released in US Theaters (1997)

Before Titanic was released, some film critics predicted that it would be a box office disaster. At the time, it was the costliest film ever made, and production delays had pushed the release date far past the lucrative summer season. Yet by the end of its first weekend, the three-hour-long film was selling out theaters. It won 11 Academy Awards and remained the highest-grossing film in history for 12 years. What important historical fact did the director choose to omit from the film? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Livermore (1820)

After graduating from a female seminary in 1831 and working as a teacher, Livermore married a Universalist minister and became an activist, lecturer, and popular author. She volunteered with the US Sanitary Commission to aid soldiers of the Union Army during the American Civil War and later promoted women's rights. In 1863, she organized a "Sanitary Fair" that raised a tremendous amount of money for the Commission. What did US President Abraham Lincoln donate for the auction event? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

let's not and say (that) we did

A sarcastic expression indicating that one would really rather not do what has been proposed. More...
Today's Holiday

Misa de Gallo (2017)

Misa de Gallo is the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, blending Christian tradition with the harvest thanksgiving of the ancient Filipinos. As the first cockcrows are heard at dawn on Dec. 16, bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, brass bands parade through towns, and skyrockets burst—all to awaken people for the Misa de Gallo (Cock's Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog) each morning of the festival. On Dec. 24 there is a midnight mass, after which people congregate in food stalls or go home for traditional breakfasts of rice cakes and ginger tea. More...
In the News

Ancient Greek 'Backwater' Actually a Bustling Metropolis, Research Shows

In Thessaly, the unassuming ruins at Vlochós can be found settled among sprawling plains. Perhaps drawing from the rustic beauty of the Greek countryside, academics long assumed that this region was dotted by simple rural dwellings in the days of antiquity. But ... More...
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