Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 22, 2011)
Word of the Day

saunter

Definition:(verb) Walk leisurely and with no apparent aim.
Synonyms:stroll
Usage: The teacher watched his students saunter back into the school building after lunch, apparently in no hurry to get to class on time.
Article of the Day

Witch Balls

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass that was originally hung in windows to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells, or ill fortune. According to folk tales, the bright colors of witch balls, traditionally green or blue, would entice evil spirits, and strands inside the ball would capture them and prevent them from escaping. The colorful spheres eventually became popular simply as decorative objects. What modern decorations may have been inspired by witch balls? 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
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

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

Gadgets Interfering with a Good Night's Sleep

Despite the fact that exposure to artificial light before bed can increase alertness and suppress the release of melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone, nearly 95% of respondents in a recent US study said they used some type of electronic device in the hour before going to bed. In addition, because people are not turning off their mobile devices when they go to sleep, many are woken during the night by cellphone calls, texts, and emails. One in 10 kids report being woken by texts, and researchers believe this is taking a toll, as teens were also found to be the most sleep-deprived age group surveyed. More...
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