Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

balderdash

Definition:(noun) Trivial nonsense.
Synonyms:fiddle-faddle, piffle
Usage: Our earnings reports prove that the rumors of our company's imminent collapse are balderdash.
Article of the Day

Kohl

Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliner for cosmetic as well as medical reasons, believing that it protected the eyes from the Sun. It remains popular in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East today. Though homemade preparations are made from soot, commercial kohl products often contain galena—also known as lead sulfide—and have the potential to expose users to lead. Many Indian parents line their babies' eyes with kohl or apply a dot of it behind their babies' ears to protect them from what? More...
This Day in History

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in the skies.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Victory Day (2017)

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More...
In the News

Costa Rica Bans Sport Hunting

Costa Rica is internationally renowned for its biodiversity and is a popular ecotourism destination. Yet its exotic wildlife also attracts hunting enthusiasts, who pay as much as $5,000 per person to go on clandestine hunting tours. Efforts to put a stop to this and other instances of hunting in Costa Rica have now led to the first countrywide ban on sport hunting in Latin America. The measure was recently passed in a unanimous congressional vote and establishes fines of up to $3,000 and penalties of up to four months in prison for anyone caught violating the ban. More...
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