Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 1, 2011)
Word of the Day

typify

Definition:(verb) Embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of.
Synonyms:epitomize
Usage: The fugue typifies Bach's style of composition.
Article of the Day

Homeric Troy

Troy was an ancient city located beside Mount Ida in northwest Anatolia. For 10 years in the 12th century BCE, it was besieged by the Greeks and finally destroyed. Centuries later, Homer described the war in his Iliad and Odyssey. German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann used these works to identify the site of Troy in what is now Hisarlik, Turkey. Excavations began in 1871 and revealed several layers dating to the Bronze Age, when Troy was known as Wilusa to what people? More...
This Day in History

Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)

California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)

Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Cyprus Independence Day (2016)

Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain on August 16, 1960. On that day, British governor Hugh Foot departed amid much ceremony, and Greek Cypriot freedom fighters landed on a plane from Athens with a heroes' welcome. The new Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977), gave a speech inspiring Cypriots to improve their new nation. Independence Day is observed as a public holiday on October 1 each year. More...
In the News

Bedbug Insecticides Causing Illnesses

As the bedbug problem spreads across the US, it brings with it another health threat—insecticides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a recent spike in the number of people being sickened by the chemicals used to kill the insects. Between 2003 and 2010, 111 people became ill and one died from exposure to bedbug insecticide. Three-quarters of those incidents occurred between 2008 and 2010. While the number of cases is still relatively low, experts worry that they may continue to rise as bedbugs become increasingly resistant to common pesticides. More...
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