Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

teetotum

Definition:(noun) A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
Synonyms:spinning top, whirligig, top
Usage: The boy was thrilled to get a bright red teetotum for his birthday and spent all summer watching it spin.
Article of the Day

Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull, a retired Canadian ice hockey player, is considered the best left wing in the sport's history. He began skating at the age of 3 and began playing with the National Hockey League's Chicago Black Hawks in the 1957–58 season. Dissatisfied with his NHL salary, Hull responded to overtures from the upstart World Hockey Association's Winnipeg Jets in 1972 by joking that he would sign with them for a million dollar contract; how did the Jets respond? More...
This Day in History

Henry Hudson Discovers Hudson Bay (1610)

After several failed attempts to find a northeast passage to Asia, Hudson, a veteran sea captain, sailed west and began probing N America to find a way through it by ship. In 1610, he discovered Hudson Bay but lingered too long and became trapped there by winter ice. When the weather warmed, Hudson wanted to continue exploring, but his starved and diseased crew refused. They mutinied and set Hudson, his son, and a few others adrift in a small boat without food or water. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Myrna Loy (1905)

Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp, film actress Myrna Loy soon earned praise for her witty sophistication in 1934's The Thin Man. By 1936, she was a top box-office draw. Offscreen, she was never associated with Hollywood glamour or scandal. Instead, she was one of the few actors to protest against the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era. Her outspokenness on another issue resulted in her inclusion on what world leader's personal blacklist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

on a lark

On a whim or fancy; for fun or as a joke. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Forgiveness (2017)

The Festa del Perdono, or Feast of Forgiveness, is observed annually in Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis built his humble hermitage, known as the Porciúncula ("little portion"), in the 13th century. Porciúncula also refers to the plenary indulgence that used to be given to those who visited this sanctuary on August 2, the date set by Pope Honorius III in 1221. Although in the beginning the indulgence could only be gained in the Porciúncula, the privilege was eventually extended to all churches having a connection with the Franciscan order. More...
In the News

Chimps Denied Legal Personhood Will Be Retired From Research

Two chimpanzees that inspired an unsuccessful lawsuit to grant them personhood rights will be retired from research at a New York state university. Stony Brook University professor Susan Larson tells Newsday that her experiments involving Hercules and ... More...
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