Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

snippet

Definition:(noun) A small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off).
Synonyms:piece, scrap, fragment, part, particle, snatch, shred
Usage: She went round the farm-garden, nibbling off snippets of all the different sorts of herbs that are used for stuffing roast duck.
Article of the Day

Iranian Pottery

A crossroads of ancient civilizations and home to some of the world's oldest human settlements, Iran has a rich and storied history. Modern-day excavations have uncovered an almost continuous record of that history in the form of pottery, which transformed stylistically as a reaction to cultural and political changes. For example, following the 13th-century Mongol domination of Persia, Islamic pottery clearly began exhibiting a Chinese influence. During which dynasty were ceramic coffins used? More...
This Day in History

Charlemagne Crowned Emperor (800 CE)

Charlemagne was king of the Franks (768–814) and emperor of the West (800–814). With the exception of the British Isles and parts of Italy and Spain, he united in one vast state almost all the Christian lands of Western Europe. After restoring Leo III to the papacy, he was crowned emperor in Rome on Christmas Day, 800 CE, finalizing the split between the Byzantine and Roman empires and marking the revival of the empire that was the forerunner of the Holy Roman Empire. What language did he speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Chevrolet (1878)

Born in Switzerland, Chevrolet was an auto mechanic who emigrated to the US in 1900 to race cars. In 1905, he drove a mile in a record 52.8 seconds. In 1911, he founded the Chevrolet Motor Company with support from General Motors founder William C. Durant and designed its first car. He sold his interest in 1915 but continued making racecars. His cars won the Indy 500 in 1920 and 1921. He later formed an aircraft company with his brother, but the venture failed. Who drove his winning car in 1920? More...
Quotation of the Day
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

heavy-hearted

Sorrowful; melancholy; depressed. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Greece) (2016)

According to Greek folklore, supernatural beings with unusual powers are present upon earth during the 12 days between Christmas Eve and Epiphany. The name for these spirits is kallikantzari, and they wander about during the Christmas season causing mischief. They are ugly and unkempt, and their favorite way of getting into the house is through the chimney, much like the traditional Santa Claus. Christmas masqueraders often dress in animal skins to represent these demons, and their jangling bells are supposed to drive the spirits away. More...
In the News

Citizen "Santas" Fulfill Kids' Wishes

The weeks leading up to Christmas are among the busiest of the year for the US Postal Service, yet for the past 100 years, postal employees have graciously taken on the additional task of sorting through the millions of letters addressed to Santa each holiday season and setting aside those that express serious need. These letters are then made available for "adoption" at participating post offices, where generous individuals, corporations, or charitable organizations can sign up to buy and ship the requested gifts courtesy of "Santa." Over the past century, Operation Santa has brought a little holiday cheer into countless homes, and it will likely continue to do so for years to come. More...
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