Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

rabid

Definition:(adjective) Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.
Synonyms:fanatical, overzealous
Usage: A rabid football fan, Jimmy paints his face with his team's colors before every game, even if he is just going to be watching it on TV.
Article of the Day

Iron Sights

An iron sight is a system of aligned markers used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations when one is aiming a firearm or crossbow. Unlike scopes, iron sights do not make use of lenses. They are instead typically composed of two component sights: the front sight, which is a post, bead, or ring, and the rear sight, which is either open (a notch) or closed (an aperture). On many firearms, the rear sight is adjustable to account for what factors? More...
This Day in History

First Anglo-Japanese Alliance Signed in London, England (1902)

The First Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed to protect the respective interests of Britain and Japan in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan by discouraging France from entering the Russo-Japanese War on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to join the Allies in World War I. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China. What were the cultural effects of the alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Hazzard is an Australian novelist and short-story writer who has lived in the US since 1951. She and her husband, writer Francis Steegmuller, were both frequent contributors to The New Yorker magazine. Noted for her lyrical style, she achieved early success with her first story collection, Cliffs of Fall. Her 1980 novel, The Transit of Venus, brought her literary acclaim and a greatly expanded readership. Hazzard did not publish her next novel until 2003. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

house cooling party

A party thrown to commemorate when someone leaves an apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Duarte Day (2017)

The Monday closest to the birthday of national hero Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-76) is an official day of remembrance in the Dominican Republic. Duarte organized La Trinitaria in 1838, a secret resistance group whose efforts against the Haitian occupiers culminated in the Dominican Republic's declaration of independence in 1844. Dominicans honor Duarte Day with public fiestas in major towns throughout the country. The stateliest ceremony takes place in Independence Park in Santo Domingo, which features Altar de la Patria (the nation's altar), a mausoleum to the nation's heroes. More...
In the News

Exercise Important for Men's Bone Density

According to researchers, taking extra vitamin D and calcium does not appear to stave off osteoporosis in older men but exercise does. Measurements of men's bone density both before and after an 18-month study showed that those who exercised had higher bone density than those who supplemented their diets with calcium and vitamin D. Those who did both saw no additional benefit from increasing their vitamin D and calcium intake. Despite these findings, doctors say it is still vital for men to get enough vitamin D and calcium to protect against osteoporosis. More...
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