Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

outstrip

Definition:(verb) Be or do something to a greater degree.
Synonyms:outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, surpass, exceed, surmount
Usage: When the demand for concert tickets outstrips supply, scalpers can make a significant profit.
Article of the Day

Alchemy in the Islamic World

In the 8th century, alchemy, a pseudoscience focused on transforming base metals into gold, reached the Islamic world. Over the next several centuries, Muslim alchemists revolutionized the field, introducing scientific method into alchemical research and developing apparatuses like the alembic, still, and retort, which are still in use in laboratories today, and chemical processes such as pure distillation and filtration. Which Arab alchemist has been called "the father of chemistry"? More...
This Day in History

League of Nations Founded (1919)

The League of Nations was an organization for international cooperation, peace, and security established by the Allied Powers at the end of WWI. A league covenant providing for an assembly, a council, and a secretariat was formulated at the Paris Peace Conference and contained in the Treaty of Versailles. Headquartered at Geneva, the League was weakened by the failure of the US, which had not ratified the Treaty of Versailles, to join the confederation. What organization replaced it in 1946? More...
Today's Birthday

William Somerset Maugham (1874)

Maugham was an English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who abandoned a career in medicine when his first novel had some success. He wrote several popular plays and a total of eight novels before writing his breakthrough masterpiece, the partly autobiographical Of Human Bondage (1915). An expert storyteller, Maugham based many of his stories on his own experiences, including what short story collection that influenced Ian Fleming's James Bond series? More...
Quotation of the Day
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Saul of Tarsus, a highly educated, devout Jew, was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus not long after the death of Jesus Christ. Later, he was known as Paul and became the most influential leader in the history of the church. At St. Paul's Chapel in New York City, the path through the graveyard is closed for 48 hours, beginning on the eve of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. At one time, the weather on this day was linked to predictions about the coming year. Fair weather on St. Paul's Day was said to presage a prosperous year; snow or rain an unproductive one. More...
In the News

Many Killed in Suicide Bombing of Russian Airport

A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and injured more than 150 others on Monday at Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russia's busiest airport. The attack occurred in the late afternoon in the international arrivals hall, which may have been targeted because such areas are generally less secure than the more heavily guarded departure areas. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, but militants fighting for an Islamist state in the North Caucasus region are thought to be behind the attack. More...
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