Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

molder

Definition:(verb) To crumble to dust; disintegrate.
Synonyms:rot, decompose
Usage: Far better that crows and ravens ... should pick my flesh from my bones, than that they should be prisoned in a workhouse coffin and molder in a pauper's grave.
Article of the Day

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

The only complete novel written by Edgar Allen Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket describes the fantastic adventures—and misadventures—of the eponymous character, who stows away on a whaling ship. Though the 1838 novel influenced writers such as Melville and Verne, Poe—who is best known for his short tales of the macabre—called the novel "a silly book." Contemporary reviews were likewise unfavorable, and readers disliked the book's abrupt ending, in which what happens? 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
The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

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

Fertilizer Plant Fire and Explosion

A fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, caused an explosion so powerful it collapsed a number of nearby buildings, including a nursing home, an apartment complex, and many homes. It was so forceful, in fact, that it registered a magnitude 2.1 seismic tremor and was felt 80 mi (129 km) away in Dallas. The evacuation of nearby residents had already begun prior to the blast, but many were still in the area when the plant exploded and became trapped inside damaged buildings, some of which also ignited. Tragically, as many as 15 people are believed to have perished and more than 160 others suffered injuries. More...
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