Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

balderdash

Definition:(noun) Trivial nonsense.
Synonyms:fiddle-faddle, piffle
Usage: Our earnings reports prove that the rumors of our company's imminent collapse are balderdash.
Article of the Day

Kohl

Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliner for cosmetic as well as medical reasons, believing that it protected the eyes from the Sun. It remains popular in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East today. Though homemade preparations are made from soot, commercial kohl products often contain galena—also known as lead sulfide—and have the potential to expose users to lead. Many Indian parents line their babies' eyes with kohl or apply a dot of it behind their babies' ears to protect them from what? More...
This Day in History

Massachusetts Colonists Protest Tax with the Boston Tea Party (1773)

In 1773, American colonists led by Samuel Adams dressed as Native Americans and threw hundreds of chests of tea from three British ships into Boston Harbor. The action was taken to prevent the payment of a British tax on tea and to protest the British monopoly of the colonial tea trade authorized by the Tea Act. In retaliation, Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts, which further united the colonies against the British. What American founding father called for the cost of the tea to be repaid? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770)

One of the greatest composers of Western classical music, Beethoven was born to a musical family and was a precociously gifted pianist and violist. After nine years as a court musician, he moved to Vienna to study with Joseph Haydn. There, he quickly won fame and renown as both a virtuoso and a composer. He went on to become the first major composer to be able to earn a living independently, without support from the church or court. Beethoven's deafness resulted in what unique historical record? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in the skies.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) fill (of something)

To have, consume, or experience as much (of something) as one desires or is able to. Often used in the present perfect tense ("have had one's fill"). More...
Today's Holiday

Bahrain National Day (2016)

Bahrain is a small country of islands in the Persian Gulf. After being a British protectorate for more than 100 years, Bahrain became independent in 1971. National Day is a legal holiday observed on December 16 with fireworks, laser shows, and acrobatic and magic performances. More...
In the News

Costa Rica Bans Sport Hunting

Costa Rica is internationally renowned for its biodiversity and is a popular ecotourism destination. Yet its exotic wildlife also attracts hunting enthusiasts, who pay as much as $5,000 per person to go on clandestine hunting tours. Efforts to put a stop to this and other instances of hunting in Costa Rica have now led to the first countrywide ban on sport hunting in Latin America. The measure was recently passed in a unanimous congressional vote and establishes fines of up to $3,000 and penalties of up to four months in prison for anyone caught violating the ban. More...
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