Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

surfactant

Definition:(noun) A chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.
Synonyms:wetting agent, surface-active agent, wetter
Usage: She ordered a new pair of glasses and had the lenses coated with a surfactant that would act as an anti-fogging agent.
Article of the Day

Capoeira

An Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers, capoeira originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil and is now a popular art form practiced worldwide. Capoeira is performed in a special roda, or circle, where practitioners take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring. While capoeira focuses on skill rather than injuring opponents, the intensity of an individual game depends on the rhythm of the music. Why was capoeira outlawed in Brazil in 1890? 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
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

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

Study: Every Eight Minutes, a Baby Is Injured Using a Nursery Product

More than 66,000 children younger than three go to the emergency room annually for accidents involving nursery products, according to a new study. That's about one every eight minutes. A Nationwide Children's Hospital study published in the Pediatrics ... More...
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