Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

impecunious

Definition:(adjective) Lacking money; penniless.
Synonyms:penurious
Usage: It was hard to believe that the impecunious man asking me if I could spare any change had once been the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Article of the Day

Beta Israel

The Beta Israel, or "House of Israel," are Jews of Ethiopian origin. Long isolated from mainstream Judaism, they do not use the Talmud but adhere strictly to the Mosaic law and observe some festivals of Judaism. In 1975, the Israeli rabbinate legally recognized them as Jews, and during the Ethiopian civil war, about 10,000 were airlifted to Israel in an effort to save them from persecution. A second airlift of more than 14,000 occurred in 1991. What were these secret operations called? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Narva (1700)

Sweden's power and influence in the Baltic region was growing when the young and inexperienced Charles XII came to the throne in 1697. Seeing their chance to end Swedish domination of the area, Charles's neighbors—Peter I of Russia, Frederick IV of Denmark, and Augustus II of Poland—formed an alliance and attacked. At Narva, the first major battle of the Great Northern War, Charles's army soundly defeated the superior Russian forces. A few years later, Peter returned to Narva. What happened? More...
Today's Birthday

Jonathan Swift (1667)

Known as one of the greatest satirists in the English language, Swift was an ordained Anglican priest who devoted himself to exposing England's unfair treatment of his native Ireland. In his ironic 1729 tract "A Modest Proposal," he suggested that the Irish escape poverty by selling their children to by eaten by the English. His classic Gulliver's Travels is a ruthless satire of human follies. Swift once mocked a publisher of astrological predictions by making what prediction of his own? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

kick the can down the road

Especially in politics, to postpone or defer a definitive action, decision, or solution, usually by effecting a short-term one instead. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day in Yemen is November 30, a national holiday to commemorate Yemen's independence from the British. It was won on that day in 1967, when evacuation of British soldiers was complete and the leading political group, the National Liberation Front, declared the formation of the independent state of the People's Republic of South Yemen. National Day (May 22) observes the official proclamation of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) in 1990. More...
In the News

Ancient Burial Ground Unearthed along Silk Road

A 1,700-year-old cemetery has been uncovered in the city of Kucha in northwest China on part of the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. The discovery was made in 2007 and only recently published in an English-language journal. Ten tombs have been excavated at the site, which dates to a time when Kucha was a powerful city-state in the region. The tombs, which were the target of grave robbers in the past, were apparently reused several times. Although the individuals buried there were most likely wealthy citizens, their identities remain a mystery. More...
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