Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

patrolman

Definition:(noun) A policeman who patrols a given region.
Synonyms:flatfoot
Usage: The patrolman was familiar with the area and knew the noises he was hearing were coming from foraging raccoons, not people.
Article of the Day

The Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge was the extremist Communist organization that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. It was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th c and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people through execution, starvation, and forced labor. Victims were often buried in mass grave sites, known as The Killing Fields, scattered throughout Cambodia. Whom did the Khmer Rouge target for their “re-education” campaigns? More...
This Day in History

Boston Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees (1919)

Between 1914 and 1919, Ruth compiled an outstanding pitching record, but because pitchers do not play in every game, he was shifted to the outfield so that his powerful hitting could be used consistently. The following season, he was sold to the New York Yankees, and his batting feats and public personality helped salvage baseball's popularity, which had been damaged by the Black Sox scandal. According to legend, Ruth was sold by the owner of the Red Sox in order to finance what? More...
Today's Birthday

George Dewey (1837)

Dewey was an American admiral and a hero of the Battle of Manila. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and served with Union naval forces in the American Civil War. In the Spanish-American War (1898), his Asiatic Squadron sailed to the Philippines and defeated the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay, destroying eight Spanish ships in six hours and suffering only one American fatality. His victory led to the US acquisition of the Philippines. What rank did Congress create for him in 1899? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a predicament which precedes death.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

H-E-double-hockey-sticks

A euphemistic spelling of "hell," referring to each L resembling a hockey stick in shape. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de Sumamao (2016)

The Argentine ritual drama known as sumamao ("beautiful river") is named after the location in which it is traditionally performed—near the Rio Dulce. On San Esteban's (St. Stephen's) Day, December 26, an avenue of arcos, or arches, tied together by cords hung with ichas (cakes in the form of puppets), leads up to the altar. The drama begins at dawn with trumpets and fireworks, followed by a slow procession through the arches. The rest of the drama unfolds throughout the day, culminating in the demolition of the arcos and the eating of the ichas. More...
In the News

Climate Change Is Heating Lakes Rapidly

When we talk about global warming, the number that everyone usually focuses on is that of the atmosphere, though the world's oceans also are absorbing heat as well. Now, it turns out, lakes may be faring even worse. According to a new study, climate change is ... More...
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