Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

goodly

Definition:(adjective) Large in amount or extent or degree.
Synonyms:sizable, tidy, hefty, respectable, healthy
Usage: I was ravenous, so I heaped a goodly portion of mashed potatoes onto my plate and started eating.
Article of the Day

Abolished Monarchies

In 2008, the last king of Nepal left the royal palace in Kathmandu, having been given 15 days to vacate by the Nepalese legislature. The year before, the last lifetime ruler of Samoa died, and rather than replace him, the country became a republic. Scores of countries have shed their monarchies in the past century, intentionally or not. Some have simply ceased to exist along with their rulers. What country's Great Council of Chiefs still recognizes Elizabeth II as its Paramount Chief? More...
This Day in History

Rio de Janeiro Is Founded (1565)

With a population of about 6 million, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city and former capital of Brazil, as well as the country's cultural center and a commercial, communications, and transportation hub. It has one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors, surrounded by low mountain ranges whose spurs extend almost to the waterside, dividing the city. Among its natural landmarks are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado peak. Rio was popularized by the hit song about the girl from where? More...
Today's Birthday

Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin's innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

awesome sauce

internet slang Either used as an adjective to describe something as being excellent, great, or exceptionally interesting, or used as an exclamation in affirmation of the same. More...
Today's Holiday

Chalanda Marz

In Engadine, located in the Inn River valley of eastern Switzerland, the arrival of spring is celebrated with the ringing of bells. Young people put on herdsmen's costumes with wide leather belts from which they hang as many cowbells as they can collect. Smaller bells hang from their necks or are strapped across their chests. They go from house to house, clanging their bells to scare off winter and serenading people with traditional spring songs; often, they are rewarded with cakes, apples, or eggs. An evening feast is made out of the food. Afterward, there are games and dancing. More...
In the News

Stretchy Battery a Promising Power Source

In recent years, engineers have made great strides in the fields of flexible and stretchable electronics. However, their progress has been somewhat hampered by a lack of similarly flexible battery technology—that is, until now. Researchers have successfully demonstrated a flat, stretchable battery that maintains its power and performance even when extended to three times its original size. The battery can also be charged wirelessly, meaning it could someday be used to power implantable medical devices, among other things. More...
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