Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

quadrilateral

Definition:(noun) A four-sided polygon.
Synonyms:tetragon
Usage: Our geometry teacher drew several shapes on the chalkboard, including triangles, circles, and quadrilaterals.
Article of the Day

Peter the Great

Peter I was Tsar of Russia from 1682 to 1725. Credited with introducing Western technology and raising Russia to a position among the great European powers, he is widely considered one of the outstanding rulers and reformers in Russian history. However, some of his reforms were implemented viciously, and his legacy has been seen as a model for Joseph Stalin's brutal transformation of Russian life. What did he do when he suspected that his son was conspiring against him? More...
This Day in History

The Washington Monument Is Completed (1884)

In 1783, Congress passed a resolution approving an equestrian statue of George Washington. Plans were made to erect it at the site of the present Washington Monument, but Washington objected to the idea. After his death in 1799, plans for a memorial were discussed but none was adopted until 1832, when blocks of stone began to be collected from each state, some foreign countries, and private individuals. The 555-ft (169-m) monument was finally completed in 1884. Its tip is made of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898)

Widely considered the father of photojournalism, Eisenstaedt began creating photo essays in Berlin during the 1920s. He emigrated to the US in 1935 and joined the original photography staff at Life magazine. Soon Eisenstaedt came to epitomize the magazine's style with his topically important and beautifully composed photographs and his candid portraits of the great and the anonymous. His most famous photograph is of the joyous Times Square kiss of a sailor and a nurse on what day? More...
Quotation of the Day
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have no time for (someone or something)

To have no respect for, interest in, or approval of someone or something and thus have no desire to be involved with him, her, or it. More...
Today's Holiday

Finland Independence Day (2016)

The Finnish people lived under Russian control beginning in 1809. The Finnish nationalist movement grew in the 1800s, and when the Bolsheviks took over Russia on November 7, 1917, the Finns saw a time to declare their independence. They did so on December 6 of that same year. This day is a national holiday celebrated with military parades in Helsinki and performances at the National Theater. It is traditionally a solemn occasion that begins with a parade of students carrying torches and one flag for each year of independence. More...
In the News

World War II-Era Bombs Defused in Germany

Over the weekend, bomb squads in Germany successfully defused two World War II-era bombs that were discovered in the riverbed of the Rhine when water levels dropped to record lows last week. Since about 12 percent of the bombs dropped on Germany by the Allies in World War II failed to explode, these sorts of discoveries are not uncommon. Still, they present a real danger and must be handled with care. Some 45,000 people in the surrounding area were evacuated before bomb-disposal experts began defusing the devices. The larger of the two bombs weighed nearly 2 tons, but the smaller one, which weighed only about 275 lb (125 kg), proved to be the greater challenge. More...
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