Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

fatuous

Definition:(adjective) Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way.
Synonyms:asinine
Usage: He made these fatuous pronouncements with such conviction that no one dared to contradict him.
Article of the Day

Wilhelm Steinitz

Steinitz was a pioneering modern chess player. After discovering a talent for chess while a student in Vienna, he devoted himself to the game and by 1866 was recognized as the world champion, although the title did not officially exist yet. His loss of the world championship in 1894 so disturbed him that he spent much of the rest of his life in mental institutions and died a pauper in 1900. Who took the title from Steinitz, and what did he say with regard to Steinitz and his unfortunate fate? More...
This Day in History

Construction Begins on California's Golden Gate Bridge (1933)

For 27 years after its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest main span in the world, stretching 4,200 ft (1,280 m). Its four-year construction, supervised by chief engineer Joseph B. Strauss, faced many difficulties, including rapidly running tides, frequent storms and fogs, and the problem of blasting rock under deep water to plant earthquake-resistant foundations. Considered a modern wonder, the bridge spans the Golden Gate, a strait that links what two bodies of water? More...
Today's Birthday

Shah Jahan (1592)

Shah Jahan succeeded to the throne of India's Mughal Empire in 1628 and ruled for 30 years. His reign was notable for its successes against the Deccan states. Though attempts to reconquer lost territory almost bankrupted the empire, his reign marked the zenith of Mughal court splendor and ushered in the golden age of Mughal art and architecture. Considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal was built in memory of his beloved wife. Who deposed and imprisoned him in 1658? More...
Quotation of the Day
Honest people don't hide their deeds.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. More...
Today's Holiday

Befana Festival (2017)

Sometimes referred to simply as La Befana, this is the Twelfth Night festival in Italy where the Befana, a kindly witch, plays much the same role that Santa Claus plays in the United States. The festival begins on Epiphany Eve, when the Befana is supposed to come down the chimney on her broom to leave gifts in children's stockings. In Rome, the Piazza Navona is thronged with children and their parents, who shop for toys and exchange greetings. Bands of young people march around, blowing on cardboard trumpets, and the noise level in the square can be deafening. More...
In the News

Ibuprofen as Skin Cancer Prevention?

The use of over-the-counter painkillers may lower one's risk of squamous cell skin cancer—typically caused by sun exposure—by 15 percent, according to a new study. Researchers suspect that Ibuprofen and naproxen—the active ingredients found in the popular drugs Advil, Motrin, and Aleve—disrupt the proteins in the body that contribute to cancerous tumors. The scientists caution that more research is necessary, since painkillers carry their own risks. More...
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