Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 31, 2012)
Word of the Day

poultice

Definition:(noun) A soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance, usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body.
Synonyms:cataplasm, plaster
Usage: I heard from the ship's doctor that he had been obliged to put a large mustard poultice on this very gentleman's stomach.
Article of the Day

Dol Hareubang

Found on Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea, dol hareubang statues are associated with fertility and protection from demons. Their distinctive features include mushroom-shaped hats and large, bulging eyes. Though their origin is uncertain, the large stone statues are today one of the most widely recognized symbols of the island, and replicas of them are sold as souvenirs to visitors of the popular honeymoon destination. What does the name dol hareubang mean? More...
This Day in History

Arthur Guinness Signs a 9,000-Year Lease on His Brewery (1759)

Guinness is a celebrated Irish dry stout that originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness. When Guinness acquired his brewery, he famously signed a 9,000-year lease that fixed his annual rent at 45 pounds. From 1799, the brewery produced only its distinctive, dark, creamy Guinness stout, which became known as the national beer of Ireland. Although Guinness stout may appear to be black, it is officially a very dark shade of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Arden (1884)

Born in Canada as Florence Nightingale Graham, Arden moved to New York City in 1907 and under her new name opened a beauty salon. Her business became an international empire based on salons, hundreds of "scientifically formulated" beauty products, and an exclusive image—all packaged in her trademark pink. Arden made makeup acceptable to "respectable" American women, introducing them to eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick tinted to match their outfits. What poem inspired her business name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

high profile

A presence or stance that is deliberately conspicuous and prominent socially. More...
Today's Holiday

New Year's Eve (Spain) (2016)

In Spain, it is customary for families to gather on New Year's Eve in small groups to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Grapes are distributed, and, when midnight arrives, everyone eats one grape for each stroke of the clock. Eating all 12 grapes before the clock is finished striking ensures good luck in the New Year. The grapes are usually washed down with muscatel wine. So firmly entrenched is the custom that in theaters and cinemas, the show is often interrupted at midnight on New Year's Eve so that the audience can eat the grapes and drink the wine they've brought with them. More...
In the News

Sunken Soviet Sub Found by Swedes

More than seven decades after it disappeared while on patrol in the Baltic Sea, a World War II-era Soviet submarine has been located. Civilian divers came across the submarine's wreckage this summer in waters southeast of the Baltic island of Öland, and the Swedish Armed Forces recently confirmed the find. Video and photographs of the wreckage show that the sub had been blown apart, and the prevailing theory is that a German mine was responsible for this—a likely scenario given that the area in which the sub was found had been heavily mined by the Germans during the war. More...
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