Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 1, 2011)
Word of the Day

parlous

Definition:(adjective) Fraught with danger.
Synonyms:perilous, touch-and-go, precarious
Usage: Our economy is in a parlous state and has been for some time.
Article of the Day

The Achaemenid Empire

At its height, the Achaemenid Empire reached from Macedonia to northern India and from the Caucasus Mountains to the Persian Gulf. It derives its name from Achaemenes, who is thought to have lived in the early 7th century BCE. Its greatest rulers were Cyrus II, who established the Persian Empire and from whose reign it is dated; Darius I, who secured the borders from external threats; and Xerxes I, who completed many of Darius's public works. What event brought an end to the empire? More...
This Day in History

The Antarctic Treaty Is Signed (1959)

Following 18 months of successful international cooperation and research on the icy, southern continent, 12 countries signed a treaty officially designating Antarctica a non-militarized international region to be used solely for scientific purposes. Today, scientists perform research there year-round, with citizens of multiple nations working side by side. In 2006, an unusual legal situation arose when New Zealand police were unable to fully investigate what suspicious incident in Antarctica? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Alicia Markova (1910)

Markova was a well-known English ballerina. She made her debut with Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924 and later became the first prima ballerina of what is now the Royal Ballet. Noted for her ethereal grace and lightness, she excelled in classic roles and was celebrated as the lead in Giselle. She formed several ballet companies with Anton Dolin and served as director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years. How old was she when she retired from dancing? More...
Quotation of the Day
When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there certainly would be less of both if the sublimity of Nature were more attended to, and people were carried more out of themselves by contemplating such a scene.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

kick (someone or something) to the curb

To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted. More...
Today's Holiday

Central African Republic Independence Day (2017)

On December 1, 1958, the region now known as Central African Republic became a republic within the French Community. The republic achieved independence from France on August 13, 1960. Both days are celebrated as national holidays. More...
In the News

Arsenic in Apple Juice Alarming

A new report published by Consumer Reports has parents concerned about the safety of the juice their kids drink every day. Tests of 88 samples of apple and grape juice purchased from stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut revealed that nine had total arsenic levels exceeding federal limits in place for drinking water and that one in four also had levels of lead exceeding the bottled-water limit. Long-term exposure to small amounts of arsenic can increase the risk of chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. More...
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