Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 22, 2014)
Word of the Day

environ

Definition:(verb) Extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.
Synonyms:border, surround, skirt, ring
Usage: They are everywhere, above us, on our left, on our right; they environ us on all sides.
Article of the Day

Joseph Priestley

Priestley was an English theologian and scientist. He prepared for the Presbyterian ministry but gradually rejected orthodox Calvinism for Unitarianism. His History of the Corruptions of Christianity, published in 1782, was officially burned in 1785, and he immigrated to the US in 1794, befriending the nation’s founders. As a scientist, his manipulation of gases enabled him to discover new ones, including "dephlogisticated air," a breakthrough whose magnitude escaped him. What gas was it? More...
This Day in History

The Arab League Is Founded (1945)

The League of Arab States was formed in 1945 to give unified political expression to Arab nations and to foster the regional economy. It originally consisted of seven member states and has since grown to include 22. Member states collaborate on cultural, economic, and social programs and have agreed to coordinate military defense measures. They also use the league as a forum for mediating disputes. Where is the Arab League's headquarters located? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599)

Apprenticed to a Flemish painter at age 10, van Dyck soon came under the influence of master painter Peter Paul Rubens. In 1632, he was invited by Charles I to England, where he was made court painter and knighted. Overwhelmed with commissions, van Dyck employed a team of assistants to help complete his portraits, many of which can be seen in the Louvre, the Museo del Prado, and Buckingham Palace. His works influenced generations of portraitists. What king employed van Dyck before Charles I did? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

Jack London (1876-1916)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) number on it

To be considered the agent or instrument of one's fate, especially leading to death. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2017)

In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

"Love Hormone" Could Help Anorexics Love Themselves

Anorexia nervosa is a devastating, potentially deadly eating disorder characterized by an unrealistic fear of weight gain, self-starvation, and conspicuous distortion of body image. Only about half of all anorexics make a good, long-term physical and social recovery, but researchers are hoping to improve this statistic with the help of the so-called love hormone, oxytocin. Anorexic patients dosed with oxytocin in two recent studies showed a reduced fixation on images of fattening foods, fat bodies, and negative emotions, suggesting the hormone may be able to help them overcome the obsessions that feed this disorder. More...
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