Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

insipid

Definition:(adjective) Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.
Synonyms:flavorless, bland
Usage: I'll be glad when my kids start to enjoy real food, instead of these insipid frozen meals.
Article of the Day

Umar ibn al-Khattab

After serving as an adviser to Muhammad, Umar succeeded Abu Bakr as caliph of Islam in 634 CE. During his 10-year reign, Islam became an imperial power, with conquests in Syria, Egypt, and the Persian Empire. Umar further laid the administrative base of the empire and reopened the canals of Mesopotamia and the waterway from the Nile to the Red Sea. Before he converted, Umar was hostile to Islam and had in fact plotted to kill Muhammad. Ultimately, however, it was he who was assassinated—by whom? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)

The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? More...
Today's Birthday

John Jay (1745)

Though Jay initially deplored the growing conflict between Britain and its American colonies, he became a staunch supporter of the revolution once it began. He was heavily involved in early US government and urged ratification of the Constitution. He served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, among other posts. Today considered one of the "Founding Fathers," Jay once joked that he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies after he had done what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

lead nowhere

To ultimately yield or achieve no useful, beneficial, or successful result or outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (United States) (2017)

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated by Roman Catholics in the southwestern United States, where the Spanish influence is still strong. At the pueblo just north of Taos, New Mexico, there is an impressive torchlight procession on December 12. At the Jemez Pueblo, matachines (clowns or buffoons) perform a variety of ceremonial dances. At churches and plazas throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, such traditional Native American dances as the arc and arrow, gourd, braid, feather, palm, owl, and snake dances are performed on this day. More...
In the News

Uruguay Legalizes Marijuana

In recent years, various countries have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana for certain uses and in certain quantities, but none has gone so far as Uruguay, which on Tuesday became the first country in the world to legalize the growing, sale, and smoking of marijuana. When the law goes into effect in a few months, Uruguayans above the age of 18 will be allowed to buy as much as 1.4 ounces (40 grams) of the drug per month from licensed pharmacies. The law also permits residents to grow six marijuana plants in their homes each year and to organize clubs that may grow up to 99 plants per year. More...
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