Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

lowlife

Definition:(noun) A person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible.
Synonyms:dirty dog, git, puke, rotter, scum bag, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, bum, crumb, rat
Usage: Only a lowlife would steal money from his own child.
Article of the Day

Picts

The Picts were the ancient inhabitants of central and northern Scotland. Of uncertain origins, they were first mentioned in 297 CE by Roman writer Eumenius as northern invaders of Roman Britain. By the 7th century, they had a unified kingdom—Pictland—but later merged with the Scots. Their language is lost, and little is definitively known about their way of life, but their elaborately carved stelae depicting crosses and other symbols remain. What practice possibly resulted in the name "Pict"? More...
This Day in History

Junko Tabei Becomes First Woman to Summit Mount Everest (1975)

Tabei founded a climbing club for women in Japan in 1969 and, by 1972, was a recognized mountain climber. When Japanese newspaper and television companies sponsored an all-female expedition to climb Mount Everest, Tabei was one of the 15 women selected to go. In 1975, after months of training and preparation, the 35-year-old mother of two became the first woman to reach Everest's 29,035-foot (8,850-m) summit. What disaster partway up the slope nearly ended the climb? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Jaynes Fonda (1905)

Henry Fonda was an American film actor who started out on Broadway. His role in the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife led to a role in the film version, and more than 100 other films followed. He portrayed honest men in movies such as The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and won an Academy Award in 1982 for his last film, On Golden Pond, made with his daughter, Jane. Married five times, he was also the father of actor Peter Fonda. Whose murder did Fonda witness as a teen? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a governor comes out of his government rich, they say he has been a thief; and if he comes out poor, that he has been a noodle and a blockhead.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be in with a chance

To have a good chance or high probability of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Brendan's Day (2017)

This is the feast day of St. Brendan, who lived in the sixth century and is one of the most popular Irish saints and is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of his journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan's instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More...
In the News

Top Lord's Resistance Army Commander Captured

Just months after the controversial Kony 2012 campaign brought worldwide attention to accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, Ugandan forces have captured one of his top generals. The arrest of Caesar Achellam in an ambush in Central African Republic is considered a significant blow to the rebel group and could prompt other members of the group to desert. The increased pressure on Kony is apparently taking a toll, forcing him to move almost daily in order to evade capture. More...
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