Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

pertinacious

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly unyielding.
Synonyms:dogged, dour, tenacious, persistent
Usage: When he made up his little mind to have or to do anything, all the king's horses and all the king's men could not change that pertinacious little mind.
Article of the Day

General Tso

Known in the West as General Tso, Zuo Zongtang was a Qing dynasty general who launched his political career by helping suppress the Taiping Rebellion. In the debate among Chinese officials about whether the coast or inland frontier was more vulnerable to attack, Zuo argued that Western interests were commercial in nature and could be contained diplomatically but that Russia's ambitions were territorial and warranted solid frontier defense. How did a popular chicken dish come to be named for him? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of New Echota Is Signed (1835)

In 1835, a minority faction of the Cherokee tribe signed the Treaty of New Echota, which bound the entire tribe to move beyond the Mississippi River within three years. Although the Cherokee overwhelmingly repudiated the document and the US Supreme Court upheld the nation's autonomy, the state of Georgia forced their removal through military action. President Andrew Jackson refused to intervene, and thousands died on the march, known as the "Trail of Tears." To where did they march? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Tyler Moore (1936)

Although she began her career as a dancer, Moore's success came from her TV roles, first as the secretary on Richard Diamond, Private Detective and then as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She is best known, however, as the star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the most popular sitcom of the 1970s and the first show to center on a happily unmarried career woman. Over the years, she has won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. What film role earned her an Oscar nomination? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. More...
Today's Holiday

Cali Fair (2016)

The rich cultural identity of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, has been celebrated each year since 1957 at the Cali Fair. The Fair is a major event that draws thousands of local residents and tourists from around the world. There are numerous artisans selling their crafts, street performers, and other forms of entertainment. A Bullfighting Festival is also part of the celebration, and a salsa marathon is one of many dance events held each year. It is said that during Fair time, Cali is the home of the best salsa dancing in the world. More...
In the News

Snakes (Nearly) on a Plane

Argentine airport personnel averted potential disaster earlier this month, when they prevented one traveler from sneaking hundreds of dangerous stowaways onto his flight. They first became suspicious when an X-ray scanner revealed movement within the man's suitcase. When security personnel checked his bags, they found nearly 250 snakes, insects, spiders, lizards, and snails packed inside plastic containers, bags, and even socks. Among them were nine species of venomous snakes and a number of boa constrictors. Had any of these creatures escaped during the flight or once they reached their destination, the results could have been deadly. More...
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