Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

highfalutin

Definition:(adjective) Affectedly genteel.
Synonyms:hoity-toity, la-di-da, grandiose
Usage: I'm glad you didn't load him down with some highfalutin, romantic name that he'd be ashamed of when he gets to be a grandfather.
Article of the Day

Chulalongkorn

Chulalongkorn was the king of Siam—now Thailand—from 1868 to 1910. Educated in part by a British governess, Anna Leonowens, he greatly advanced the Westernization that was begun by his father, King Mongkut. He departed from tradition by traveling abroad—to Singapore, Java, and India in 1871 and to Europe in 1897. He abolished slavery and introduced numerous reforms, which, along with his foreign policy, kept Siam from being colonized for decades. How many children did Chulalongkorn have? More...
This Day in History

Alaska Formally Transferred from Russia to US (1867)

In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for $7,200,000. The purchase was accomplished solely through the determined efforts of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, and for many years afterward the land was derisively called "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" because of its supposed uselessness. It was not until after the discovery of gold in the Juneau region in 1880 that Alaska was given a governor and a local administration. When did Alaska become a state? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Love Peacock (1785)

Peacock was an English writer whose comic and satirical novels—which contain some of his best poems—parody the intellectual pretenses of his age. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey, satirizes the English romantic movement and contains characters based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and his close friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. After Shelley's death, Peacock became his literary executor. Peacock died at the age of 80 from injuries sustained while trying to save what from a fire? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

have it out (with someone)

To have an argument, verbal fight, or frank discussion (with someone), especially to settle something that has caused anger, frustration, or annoyance. More...
Today's Holiday

Azerbaijan Independence Days (2016)

Azerbaijan observes two independence days. The May 28, 1918, establishment of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan provides the occasion for one independence celebration. As Azerbaijan came under Soviet rule two years later, its new independence day commemorates the declaration of independence made by the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan on October 18, 1991. After the USSR ceased to exist as a geopolitical entity, Azerbaijan became an official independent state on December 26, 1991. More...
In the News

Disgraced South Korean Scientist Clones Coyotes

South Korea's disgraced former "supreme scientist" Hwang Woo-suk is making headlines again, this time for allegedly having successfully cloned coyotes for the first time. In 2005, Hwang scandalized the international scientific community when his breakthrough research involving the cloning of human embryonic stem cells was found to have been fabricated. The one-time national hero was stripped of his titles and fired from his post at Seoul National University, but he hopes that his new work will help him reclaim his standing in the scientific community. More...
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