Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

wallop

Definition:(verb) (Informal) To beat soundly; strike hard.
Synonyms:whack, wham, whop
Usage: The chef was so enraged that I feared she might wallop me over the head with her frying pan.
Article of the Day

Colchis

Colchis was an ancient country situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea in what is now the Republic of Georgia. In Greek legend, it was the home of Medea and the destination of Jason and the Argonauts. Though Greek trading posts were established there with the support of the native Colchians—whose ethnic composition is unclear—the land remained independent for hundreds of years. It was situated just outside of Alexander the Great's control. Who finally conquered Colchis in 100 BCE? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Idiom of the Day

be just the same (to someone)

To make no difference (to someone) one way or another; to be unimportant (to someone) what happens. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Revolution and Independence Day (2017)

On March 15, Hungarians observe the anniversary of the beginning of the revolution in 1848 against the Habsburg monarchy. The revolutionaries called for the creation of a nation-state with freedom of the press and an independent parliamentary government. In 1989, celebrations were open for the first time since the Soviet invasion, and took place all over the country. More...
In the News

Five-Organ Transplant Patient Has Healthy Baby Girl

In what is believed to be a medical first, a woman who previously underwent a five-organ transplant has given birth. In 2007, at the age of 19, Fatema Al Ansari was diagnosed with a condition that caused her abdominal organs to fail and necessitated the replacement of her liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine. Now 26, the Qatari woman is reveling in the joys of motherhood, something she once believed she would never have the opportunity to experience. It is rare for multi-organ transplant patients to go on to bear children, and never before has someone with five transplanted organs done so. More...
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