Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

preachment

Definition:(noun) A tiresome or unwelcome moral lecture or discourse; tedious sermonizing.
Synonyms:homily
Usage: Don't torment me with your preachments now, unless you want to kill me outright.
Article of the Day

Biomes

A biome is a large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct geographic region. Terrestrial biomes, typically defined by their climate and dominant vegetation, include grassland, tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and deciduous and coniferous forests. The two basic aquatic biomes, freshwater and marine, can be further broken down into categories such as lakes and rivers or pelagic, benthic, and intertidal zones. At what latitudes does biodiversity generally increase? More...
This Day in History

Adams-Onís Treaty: Spain Sells Florida to the US (1819)

In the early 1800s, tensions between the US and Spain were increasing over border disputes in North America. With Spanish power in the New World declining, it was widely believed that Spain would lose land to the US. The Adams-Onís Treaty settled the dispute by attempting to draw clearer borders, roughly granting Florida and Louisiana to the US while giving everything west of Louisiana to Spain. The US did not pay Spain directly for the new land. Instead, it compensated Spain in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857)

Powell was a British army officer and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, later the Girl Scouts. He was a hero of the South African War and author of Aids to Scouting, a military textbook. Upon learning that his book was being used to train boys in woodcraft, he wrote Scouting for Boys and established the Boy Scout movement in 1908. In 1910, with his sister and wife, he founded the Girl Guides. What disguise did Powell use while gathering information in war? More...
Quotation of the Day
I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2017)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
In the News

The Radical Plan to Destroy Time Zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating ... More...
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