Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

malleable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out.
Synonyms:tractile, ductile, pliant, tensile
Usage: I am not very handy with a chisel, so when I sculpt, I prefer to use malleable materials that I can bend and shape as I please.
Article of the Day

Astronomical Transit

An astronomical transit is the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body. Transits are not the same thing as the familiar solar or lunar eclipse. In an eclipse, a large celestial body hides a major part of a smaller body. In an astronomical transit, a small body crosses in front of a larger one. An astronomical transit can involve two planets, but this has not been observed on Earth since 1818. When will the next planetary transit be visible from Earth? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Münster Signed Between the United Netherlands and Spain (1648)

In 1581, several years after the seven northern Netherlands provinces of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Overijssel, Friesland, and Groningen formed the Union of Utrecht, they declared independence from Spain. Decades of conflict followed. When the Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War was reached in 1648, it included the Peace of Münster, a treaty between Spain and the United Netherlands that ended the Dutch Revolt. Where can an original copy of the Peace of Münster be found? More...
Today's Birthday

Vanessa Redgrave (1937)

Redgrave is a British actress noted for her versatility and elegant presence. The daughter of actor Michael Redgrave, she made her London stage debut in 1958 and won praise as Rosalind in As You Like It. She went on to become a powerful film actress, earning critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Blow-Up and Julia, for which she won an Oscar. She has also earned Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards but declined what honor in 1999? More...
Quotation of the Day
Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

fox guarding the henhouse

A person likely to exploit the information or resources that he or she has been charged to protect or control. More...
Today's Holiday

Abdullah's Birthday in Jordan

Since 1999, the year Adbullah II bin al-Hussein succeeded his father, King Hussein, as national monarch, Jordan has celebrated the king's birthday. It is typical on this date for the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan to publish various well-wishes that arrive from international dignitaries. Before 2007, the country also observed the day as an official national holiday by closing all its banks and stores. However, that year, King Abdullah announced that in order to help "boost productivity and dedication," banks and businesses would remain open on his birthday. More...
In the News

US Bullying Emergency Room Visits Down

Nowadays, fewer kids are ending up in US emergency rooms as a result of violence in school, but fights with classmates are still responsible for about 100,000 such visits each year. This accounts for about 10 percent of all in-school injuries. These injuries tend to be more severe, with a greater risk of hospitalization than accidental ones. Boys and minority students are the most frequent bullying victims that need emergency medical attention. More...
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