Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

connive

Definition:(verb) Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Synonyms:scheme, intrigue
Usage: We had to send that perfectly innocent man to penal servitude for a crime we know he never committed, and it was only afterward that we could connive in a sneakish way at his escape.
Article of the Day

The Swedish Empire

Between 1611 and 1718, the Kingdom of Sweden was one of the great powers of Europe. Sweden first became powerful during the reign of King Gustavus II. Through a war with Russia, he acquired Ingermanland and Karelia. From Poland, he took nearly all of Livonia. By his victories at Breitenfeld and Lützen in the Thirty Years War, Gustavus made Sweden the dominant Protestant power of continental Europe. Its southern provinces were recovered from Denmark in 1660. What brought an end to Sweden's power? More...
This Day in History

Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat Share Nobel Peace Prize (1978)

In 1978, a historic peace summit was held between Israel and Egypt at the US presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland. Now known as the Camp David Accords, the pact was signed in 1979 by Begin, the Israeli prime minister, and Sadat, the Egyptian president—who shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts—with US President Jimmy Carter as a witness. Under the pact, which was denounced by other Arab states, Israel agreed to return the Sinai to Egypt. What happened after the accord was signed? More...
Today's Birthday

Melvil Dewey (1851)

In 1876, while working as a college librarian, Dewey developed a decimal-based system for organizing the contents of a library by subject category, indicated by a three-digit numeral, with further specification expressed by numerals following a decimal point. He established the first library training school and the American Library Association and is also credited with inventing the vertical office file. A cofounder of the Spelling Reform Association, Dewey respelled his own name in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Today's Holiday

Thailand Constitution Day (2015)

In 1932, Thailand's absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional monarchy. King Rama VII oversaw the transfer of power. Under the newly instituted constitution of that time, the monarchy remained in place and the king was designated the head of state. Thailand has had a series of 18 constitutions or charters since 1932, the latest one being adopted in 2007. Each has allowed for a constitutional monarchy with greater or lesser power. Celebrations on Constitution Day involve the people thanking the monarchy for granting them a chance to take part in running the country. More...
In the News

Ancient Bedding Repelled Insects

If the current bedbug problem has taught us anything, it is that without harsh and often dangerous chemicals, we are at the mercy of many pests. Early humans could perhaps teach us a thing or two about repelling insects. Ancient bedding discovered in a South African cave contained bug-repelling plants that helped the people on them sleep more comfortably. An unintended consequence of these bug-repelling mattresses was that they also helped reduce the transmission of insect-borne diseases. At 77,000 years old, the bedding is 50,000 years older than any previously discovered prehistoric beds. More...
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