Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

august

Definition:(adjective) Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic.
Synonyms:lordly, grand
Usage: He was of august lineage, and was widely admired for his family connections.
Article of the Day

Bricks of Tea

Dried, compressed blocks of tea leaves have been used in Asia as a source of food, component of beverages, and form of currency for centuries. In Ancient China, tea was often mixed with binding agents—including flour, blood, and manure—to increase its durability, thus fortifying the tea brick against the physical demands of its use as currency. Siberian nomads preferred tea-brick currency over metal coins and continued to use the edible money until what period? More...
This Day in History

Ash Wednesday Fires (1983)

In 1983, extreme weather and years of severe drought combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. Within 12 hours, more than 180 fires—fanned by high winds—were burning, causing widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. The fires killed 75 people and left thousands of others injured and homeless. They obliterated entire townships in just minutes. This series of fires was the deadliest bushfire event in Australian history until what disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (1935)

Bono was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician. He began his music career working with legendary producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s and went on to write, arrange, and produce a number of hit singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," which he performed with his then-wife Cher. The duo also hosted a popular television variety show in the 1970s. Later, Bono became involved in politics and served as a member of the US House of Representatives. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a cut below

Of lower quality than or inferior to someone or something else, especially that of the expected norm. More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Independence Day

This is a national holiday in Lithuania marking the declaration of independence from Austrian, Prussian, and Russian occupation on February 16, 1918. Today, the anniversary is celebrated with festivals and fireworks, particularly in the capital city of Vilnius. More...
In the News

Gravitational waves mark start of new era in space exploration

On Feb. 11, scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by the collision of two black holes about 30 times more massive than the sun. This discovery ushers in a new era in human ... More...
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