Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

thermal

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or associated with heat.
Synonyms:caloric
Usage: The scientists had not anticipated such extreme thermal conditions and were forced to delay the experiment indefinitely.
Article of the Day

Red River Ox Carts

Red River ox carts were a vital form of transportation during the 19th-century westward expansion in the US and Canada. They carried fur to trading posts in places like St. Paul, Minnesota, and then carried supplies back to settlements along the Red River of the North, which now forms the Minnesota–North Dakota border. Built entirely of wood and animal hide—and no metal—the carts typically had two wheels, which were notorious for their constant creaking. Why couldn't their axles be greased? More...
This Day in History

Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)

Juan Carlos is the reigning king of Spain. He was groomed for the role by his predecessor Francisco Franco, the Spanish leader who abolished the republic and declared Spain a representative monarchy. He acceded to the throne two days after Franco's death, becoming the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. A popular monarch, he presided over Spain's transition to democracy and has acted decisively to maintain political stability. He competed in what Olympic event in 1972? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary of Guise (1515)

Mary of Guise was the queen consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of their daughter—the future Mary Queen of Scots. After the outbreak of war between Scotland and England, Mary arranged her daughter's betrothal to the French dauphin. Becoming regent, Mary of Guise made no secret of her desire to bring France and Scotland together. In 1559, the Protestants, led by John Knox and allied with England, rose against her and declared her deposed. What happened in the aftermath of her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

a fishbowl

A place, situation, or environment in which one has little or no privacy. A reference to the (typically) spherical bowls in which pet fish are often kept, which can be seen into from all sides. More...
Today's Holiday

Lebanon National Day (2016)

Also known as Independence Day, this national holiday commemorates Lebanon's independence from France on this day in 1943. More...
In the News

Ugly Animals Need Saving Too

People tend to have a natural fondness for cute, cuddly looking creatures like pandas, so when their populations are threatened, they receive a great deal of media attention. However, not all animals that are endangered are aesthetically pleasing. In fact, some are downright ugly. Still, each species is unique in its own way, and each needs help to survive. To this end, the Zoological Society for London has undertaken a campaign to raise awareness of some of the more unusual and neglected species on the brink of extinction, among them the long-beaked echidna, the Sunda pangolin, and the Mallorcan midwife toad. More...
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