Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 19, 2012)
Word of the Day

abductor

Definition:(noun) Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom).
Synonyms:kidnapper, snatcher
Usage: Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor.
Article of the Day

As Slow As Possible

As Slow as Possible is a musical piece by American avant-garde composer John Cage, who deliberately neglected to specify how slowly it should be played. Piano performances of the score usually last from 20 to 70 minutes. However, a performance that began in 2001 at a church in Germany is still going on and is expected to continue until 2640. The church's organ continuously emits the low hum of a chord that began several years ago. When will the next note-change occur? More...
This Day in History

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More...
Today's Birthday

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as "the Untouchables." Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am almost frighted out of my seven senses.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

in all truthfulness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Cerealia (2017)

Ceres was the ancient Roman goddess of grain and of harvests, often identified with the Greek goddess Demeter. The festival known as Cerealia was observed at various locations only by Roman matrons, who, for several days preceding the festival, abstained from wine and other carnal pleasures. People who were in mourning were not allowed to appear at the celebration. For this reason, the Cerealia was not observed after the Battle of Cannae, when 50,000 Roman troops were killed by Hannibal. More...
In the News

Appealing Chins Becoming More Attractive to Americans

Chin implant surgery has become the fastest growing type of cosmetic procedure in the US, and some are blaming the surge on the growing use of video chat technology, which may be causing people to focus more on their jawlines. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that more than 20,000 chin implant operations were carried out in 2011, an increase of 71% from the year before. Still, other cosmetic surgeries, like liposuction and breast augmentation, remain much more common, with hundreds of thousands of these procedures performed every year. More...
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