Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

bugaboo

Definition:(noun) An imaginary monster used to frighten children.
Synonyms:bogeyman, booger, bugbear
Usage: For me no terrors resided in the thought of bugaboos and wicked ogres.
Article of the Day

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is the nonsensical Latin text that publishers and graphic designers commonly use to demonstrate typeface or page layout. Because it has no meaning—even in Latin—it does not draw attention away from a page's overall presentation. The traditional version, a scrambled passage derived from Cicero, has been used since the 1960s, and possibly centuries before. Some versions include extra letters that were uncommon in Latin, such as z and k. What did the original text mean? More...
This Day in History

Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald's Franchise (1955)

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1940 and introduced the "Speedee Service System," establishing the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. Ray Kroc, a mixer salesman, recognized the idea's potential and partnered with the brothers. Kroc opened his first McDonald's franchise in Illinois in 1955 and later bought out the McDonald brothers. The company now has a global presence. What controversies have stemmed from its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Catherine I of Russia (1684)

Originally a Baltic peasant named Martha, Catherine was captured by Russian soldiers in 1702. That same year, she became the mistress of Peter I. In 1703, after the birth of their first child, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and rechristened Catherine. She married Peter in 1712, and in 1724 he had her crowned tsarina and joint ruler. When Peter died in 1725 without naming a successor, she served two years as empress of Russia until her death. How did she and Peter meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Holy Saturday (2017)

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is the last day of Holy Week and brings the season of Lent to a close. Many churches, especially those of the Anglican Communion, still hold large baptismal services on Holy Saturday. It is also known as the Vigil of Easter in reference to the fact that Jesus' followers spent this day, after his crucifixion on Good Friday, waiting. The Easter Vigil is traditionally observed the night of Holy Saturday in many churches today. Another name for this day is the Descent into Hell, because it commemorates Jesus' descent into and victory over hell. More...
In the News

Longer Lives Adding Up Quickly

Technological and medical advances are allowing people around the globe to live longer, considerably driving up the cost of aging, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Not only do longer lifespans increase healthcare costs, they strain pension plans and drain retirement savings. The IMF is encouraging governments and privately owned enterprises to address this issue now, as lifespans and their attendant costs will only continue to rise. Measures that could help offset the increased costs of aging populations include raising the retirement age, increasing the taxes used to fund public pension plans, and cutting benefits. More...
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