Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

chef-d'oeuvre

Definition:(noun) The most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman.
Synonyms:masterpiece
Usage: The Mona Lisa is considered by many to be the chef-d'oeuvre of Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.
Article of the Day

Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile phone throwing is a sport in which participants throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. Started in Finland in 2000, competitive phone throwing has since spread to several other countries, with contests being held as far away as the UK and the US. Many of the events promote the recycling of old phones. In most national events, winners gain an entry to the world championship. How far have top competitors hurled their mobile phones? More...
This Day in History

The Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Balfour Declaration was a British government statement promising the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine that would not disturb non-Jews already living there. The British anticipated gaining a mandate over Palestine after WWI and hoped to win over Jewish public opinion for the Allies. They also hoped that pro-British settlers would help protect the approaches to the Suez Canal, a vital link to Britain's South Asian possessions. Who actually wrote the declaration? More...
Today's Birthday

Warren G. Harding (1865)

With promises to the war-weary American public of a "return to normalcy" in the wake of WWI, Harding was elected 29th president of the US. However, his administration soon earned a reputation for corruption. As an investigation into what proved to be the Teapot Dome scandal began, he traveled to Alaska, where he was informed of the corruption about to be exposed. While en route home, he became mysteriously ill, allegedly from food poisoning, and suddenly died. What caused his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

have the feel of (something)

To have a general sense of how to do or use something or how something operates; to be familiar with something. More...
Today's Holiday

All Souls' Day (2016)

It was St. Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century proposed that the day after All Saints' Day be set aside in honor of the departed—particularly those whose souls were in purgatory. Today, the souls of all the faithful departed are commemorated. In many Catholic countries, people attend churches and visit family graves on this day to honor their ancestors. In Mexico, it is a national holiday called Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). Orthodox Christians commemorate the dead on the second Saturday before Lent begins and on the day before Pentecost. More...
In the News

Engineer Named Libya's New Prime Minister

Libya's National Transitional Council has elected Abdurrahim El-Keib, an electrical engineer who spent decades as a dissident in exile and taught at the University of Alabama in the US and Abu Dhabi's Petroleum Institute, as its acting prime minister. He is to serve in this capacity until Libya elects a national assembly, drafts a constitution, and then holds elections. In a news conference, El-Keib declared his commitment to building a nation that respects human rights and international law, a challenging process that he acknowledged will take time. More...
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