Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

glasshouse

Definition:(noun) A building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions.
Synonyms:greenhouse, nursery
Usage: This kind of plant is very delicate and needs to be grown in a glasshouse.
Article of the Day

The Loquat

The loquat is a small ornamental evergreen tree that belongs to the rose family and is related to the apple and other temperate-zone fruit trees. It bears yellowish, oval-shaped fruits that grow in clusters and taste similar to mildly tart apples or pears. Probably indigenous to China, it has been grown from antiquity in Japan and northern India and is also cultivated in Indochina, the Mediterranean region, and New World subtropics. What deadly poison is found in the fruit’s seeds? More...
This Day in History

US Federal Court Rules to Release Ezra Pound from Mental Hospital (1958)

An influential American poet and literary critic, Pound spent most of his life in Europe. At the end of WWII, he was arrested for treason by the US for making public broadcasts in Italy supporting anti-Semitism and Fascism. Judged insane, he was committed to a hospital in Washington, DC, until Ernest Hemingway and other friends secured his release 12 years later. In the early weeks of his incarceration, he began showing signs of a mental breakdown, possibly as a result of being locked in what? More...
Today's Birthday

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (1882)

Stokowski was a legendary British-American conductor whose strong advocacy of new music helped to broaden American musical taste. He conducted and toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than two decades, transforming it into a world-class ensemble and creating the lush "Philadelphia sound." He made three films, including Walt Disney's Fantasia, in which he also appeared. What made the "Philadelphia sound" so unique? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

in all seriousness

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Zimbabwe Independence Day (2017)

Like much of Africa, the area that is now Zimbabwe was long controlled by Europeans. In 1922, the 34,000 European settlers chose to become a self-governing British colony, Southern Rhodesia; in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was annexed by the British Crown. A fight for independence took place in the 1970s. An independent constitution was written for Zimbabwe in London in 1979, and independence followed on April 18, 1980. Independence Day is celebrated in every city and district of the nation with political rallies, parades, traditional dances, singing, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Childhood Obesity Dropping in Victoria, Australia

Between 1999 and 2007, the percentage of overweight and obese children in the Australian state of Victoria gradually declined. Though obesity rates still remain high, even among children as young as two, and lower income kids remain at greater risk, the improvements were largely seen among lower income children, meaning that social disparities in early-childhood obesity rates have narrowed. Experts do not know what prompted the shift but speculate that government programs to improve children's diet and increase their activity levels may be a factor. More...
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