Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 29, 2013)
Word of the Day

bedraggled

Definition:(adjective) In deplorable condition.
Synonyms:broken-down, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, derelict
Usage: It was a tall, shabby building, that cannot have been painted for years, and it had so bedraggled an air that the houses on each side of it looked neat and clean.
Article of the Day

The Eurobarometer

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys that have been regularly performed since 1973 on behalf of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU). Posing a range of questions, it examines public opinion on issues relating to the EU across its member states and investigates topics such as the environment, technology, and health. A Flash Eurobarometer consists of telephone interviews that yield results more quickly. How often is the Standard Eurobarometer survey conducted? More...
This Day in History

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Is Excommunicated (1227)

Prior to being excommunicated the first of several times, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had planned to go on a crusade. However, an epidemic waylaid him and a large part of his army, delaying the conquest. As a result, he was excommunicated by Pope Gregory IX. He eventually went on the postponed crusade and became king of Jerusalem. With Italy as the center of his power, Frederick, a religious skeptic, was in frequent conflict with the papacy. Frederick wrote the first book on what subject? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Autry (1907)

Probably the most successful "singing cowboy" in American film, Autry began performing on the radio during the 1920s in Oklahoma. He moved to Hollywood in the early 30s and went on to star in nearly 100 films, becoming America's top Western star from 1937 to 1943. He usually played a singing hero astride his famous horse, Champion. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, including his signature song, "Back in the Saddle Again." What well-known Christmas song was Autry's biggest hit? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are not rich in the bank, but we have always prospered, and we have quite enough. I never walk out with my husband but I hear the people bless him ... I never lie down at night but I know that in the course of that day he has alleviated pain and soothed some fellow-creature in the time of need ... Is not this to be rich?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

let it slip

To accidentally or inadvertently reveal a given secret or important piece of information. More...
Today's Holiday

State Fair of Texas (2017)

Not surprisingly, the State Fair of Texas is one of the nation's biggest state fairs, claiming more than three million visitors to the 200-acre Fair Park in Dallas. The fair began in 1887, and in 1952 Big Tex, its symbol of bigness, arrived. Big Tex is a 52-foot-tall cowboy with a 30-foot chest and 7'8" biceps, wearing a five-foot-high, 75-gallon cowboy hat. The cowboy stands in the middle of the fairgrounds booming out welcomes and announcements. Among fair events are a college football game, concerts, and parades. More...
In the News

US High Schoolers Still "Extreme" Binge Drinking Despite Dangers

When researchers examine teen binge drinking, they often focus on episodes in which four or five alcoholic beverages are consumed on a single occasion. However, this threshold fails to take into account an even more dangerous trend: "extreme" binge drinking. In a recent study, American high school seniors were asked whether, over the prior two weeks, they had consumed 5 or more, 10 or more, or 15 or more drinks on a single occasion. About 10 percent of respondents reported having recently had 10 or more drinks, and about 5 percent said they had had 15 or more. More...
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