Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

epitomize

Definition:(verb) Embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of.
Synonyms:typify
Usage: They are so perfect in their way that they seem to epitomize the very scent and charm of the forest, as if the old wood's daintiest thoughts had materialized in blossom.
Article of the Day

The Narmer Palette

Dating from about the 31st century BCE, the Narmer Palette has been called "the first historical document in the world." The 25-inch (63-cm), shield-shaped palette is carved from a single piece of flat siltstone and has survived 5,000 years in almost perfect condition. It contains some of the earliest known hieroglyphic inscriptions as well as the earliest known depictions of an Egyptian king. Some scholars believe it depicts what event that, according to tradition, took place under King Menes? More...
This Day in History

Central African Federation Collapses (1963)

The Central African Federation was a semi-independent state in southern Africa that existed from 1953 to 1963. Created by the British government to unite the self-governing colony of Southern Rhodesia with the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, the federation ultimately crumbled when black African nationalists demanded a greater share of power than the dominant minority white population was willing to concede. What are Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland called today? More...
Today's Birthday

Isma'il Pasha (1830)

Isma'il Pasha was appointed viceroy of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire and was involved with work on the Suez Canal. He planned but failed to unify the Nile valley by creating a new southern Egyptian province in the Sudan. Educated in Paris and sent on diplomatic missions throughout Europe, he helped to modernize Egypt before being dismissed by the sultan because of fiscal mismanagement. The enormous debt he incurred led to the British occupation of Egypt in 1882. Who captured his son Hassan? More...
Quotation of the Day
Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Today's Holiday

Hogmanay (2015)

In Scotland and the northern part of England, the last day of the year is known as Hogmanay. Scottish children used to call at the homes of the wealthy on this day and ask for their traditional gift of an oatmeal cake. They would call out, "Hogmanay!" and recite traditional rhymes or sing songs in return for which they'd be given their cakes to take home. Today, Hogmanay is celebrated much as is New Year's Eve around the rest of the Western world, with street and house parties. Such fire ceremonies as torchlight processions and lighting New Year's fires are popular traditions as well. More...
In the News

Pet Cats Raise Allergy Risk in Adults

Acquiring a cat as an adult increases the risk of developing allergies to cat dander, particularly when it is allowed into one's bedroom. More than 6,000 European adults who were not sensitized to cat dander were surveyed and had blood drawn on two occasions over a nine-year-period. About five percent of those who acquired a cat prior to the second blood test became sensitized. By contrast, only three percent of those who did not have a cat at either survey became sensitized. Having a pet cat in childhood appeared to provide an element of protection, while allowing a cat to enter one's bedroom appeared to increase the risk of sensitization. More...
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