Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

rectitude

Definition:(noun) Righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest.
Synonyms:uprightness
Usage: We are all equally satisfied of the complete rectitude of Miss Isabel's conduct, and we are all equally interested in the vindication of her good name.
Article of the Day

Shi

Shi is the Chinese word for "poetry" or "poem." As early poetry was often sung or chanted, folk poetry was adapted from song form into written shi by the Chinese literati. Some forms of shi include gushi, an ancient style with no formal constraints aside from line length and rhyme, and jintishi, a modern form regulated by tone patterns that emerged during the T'ang period, widely considered the golden age of Chinese poetry. What was the first collection of Chinese poetry? 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
No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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

Oops! Scientists Killed Oldest Known Living Creature

Scientists hoping to gain new insights into the aging process turned their attention to the long-lived clam species Arctica islandica in 2006, dredging the coastal waters off of Iceland for specimens. Their efforts resulted in the discovery of Ming the clam, which, as they later found out, was the oldest living animal ever found. Unfortunately, in order to make this determination, the researchers had to open its shell, killing it. Once they counted the shell's growth rings, they concluded that Ming had been between 405 and 410 years old. However, a new, more detailed analysis adds another century to the earlier estimate, placing the bivalve's age at 507. More...
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