Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

gewgaw

Definition:(noun) Cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing.
Synonyms:fallal, gaud, trinket, bangle, bauble, novelty
Usage: "Trim off these gewgaws," said his father, plucking the scraps of ribbon and the feathers from his hat, "and over your own dress wear my cloak."
Article of the Day

The House of Yi

In the 13th century, Mongol forces from China invaded the nation that would become Korea. Peace came when Korea accepted Mongol suzerainty, but in 1392, Yi Songgye, a general who favored the Chinese Ming dynasty, seized the throne. He was the first of the House of Yi, or Joseon Dynasty, that ruled Korea until 1910. That year, Korea was formally annexed by Japan following the Sino-Japanese War, effectively ending the dynasty. Who are the living descendants of the House of Yi? More...
This Day in History

Garry Kasparov Becomes Youngest World Chess Champion (1985)

In the 1984 World Chess Championship, 1980 World Junior Champion and international grandmaster Gary Kasparov faced reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov. The longest title match in chess history, it was aborted after 5 months of play and 48 games, after chess officials concluded that it was taking too great a psychological and physical toll on Karpov, who was leading but appeared likely to lose. Kasparov won a rematch 6 months later, becoming the youngest world champion ever. How old was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Stanford White (1853)

White was an American architect and a designer of jewelry, furniture, and interiors. In 1880, he formed an architectural firm with Charles F. McKim and William R. Mead that soon became the most famous in the country, known especially for its seaside mansions. He enjoyed a lavish lifestyle before being shot to death at Madison Square Garden—which he had designed—by Harry Thaw, the husband of the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, with whom White had had an affair. The resulting trial became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

be in tall cotton

To be in a time or period of great success or wellbeing; to be doing very well. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia Independence Day (2016)

Cambodia was a French protectorate for 90 years before it gained independence on November 9, 1953. Independence Day, which marks that event, is a national holiday. The principal celebrations are held in the capital city of Phnom Penh, beginning with a morning ceremony at Independence Monument. Later in the day, there is a gala parade held in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with colorful floats and marching bands. Shops are adorned with national flags. After dark, a large fireworks display is held near the riverbanks of the Royal Palace. More...
In the News

Wine and Dine, Minus the Wine

The world is in the midst of a wine shortage, and it does not look like it will be letting up any time soon. Global wine production has been on the decline since it peaked in 2004. Last year, the demand for wine exceeded the supply by 300 million cases. Part of the problem is that European wine production has plummeted 25 percent since 2004. Winemaking in other parts of the world, like the US, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand, has been stepped up, but it is not yet able to keep up with global demand. More...
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