Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

splenic

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the spleen.
Synonyms:lienal
Usage: Julian was overjoyed as his doctor explained that his splenic tumor had gone into remission.
Article of the Day

Ocher

Among the earliest pigments used by mankind, ocher has a yellow-orange to orange color and is made of varying proportions of iron oxide and clay. The world's first known works of art, found in South Africa’s Blombos Cave and dated to 75,000 years ago, consist of ocher pieces engraved with abstract designs, and Cro-Magnon artists living about 10,000 to 40,000 years ago used ocher in their cave paintings. The 2nd-century BCE Egyptian Ebers Papyrus lists what non-artistic use for ocher? More...
This Day in History

Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have the world by the tail

To be very successful, contented, and happy in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamhuri Day (2016)

The biggest of the national holidays in Kenya, Jamhuri is observed to commemorate the full independence of Kenya from the British in 1963. A year later, the country became a republic with Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1894-1978) as the first president. The day is celebrated nationwide but with special events in Nairobi: speeches by the president and other officials, parades, fireworks, and ngomas (dances) performed in public plazas. More...
In the News

Just How Much Sugar Is in that Kids' Cereal?

Many parents would shudder at the idea of giving their kids cookies or Twinkies for breakfast, but if they believe that allowing them to have certain sugary cereals is any better, they should think again. A study of breakfast cereals found that 44 varieties contain more sugar in a one-cup serving than three Chips Ahoy! cookies and that a few contain more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. The worst offender, Kellogg's Honey Smacks, was found to be nearly 56 percent sugar by weight. More...
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