Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

enfeeble

Definition:(verb) To make weak; deprive of strength.
Synonyms:debilitate, drain
Usage: Although his age enfeebled him, he could still walk long distances without tiring.
Article of the Day

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Ornamental cherry trees and their blossoms are a major symbol of Japan, where they are called sakura and are considered a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. As such, they are frequently depicted in art and are associated with both the samurai and kamikaze. In 1912, Japan gave 3,000 sakura as a gift to the US to celebrate the two nations' growing friendship. These trees have since lined the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. What is the practice of hanami? More...
This Day in History

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy ... arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Victory Day (2017)

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More...
In the News

Plastics Pervade Planet's Oceans

The world's oceans are clogged with 269,000 tons of plastic objects, according to a new report by a group of marine researchers. The estimate is based on data from 24 expeditions over six years, during which they studied gyres—regions with extremely strong currents—in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. When a large plastic object is introduced into the ocean, it often gets sucked into the whirling currents of a gyre. These objects are then eroded into "microplastics." According to the researchers, these particles account for more than 90 percent of the plastic in the ocean. More...
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