Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

frequency

Definition:(noun) The number of occurrences within a given time period.
Synonyms:oftenness
Usage: The frequency of his seizures increased as he grew older.
Article of the Day

Apiculture

Apiculture is the practice of beekeeping—the care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry. Early efforts at collecting honey required destroying the hive. However, modern beekeepers are able to extract the cells of the honeycomb without damaging them. To collect honey, beekeepers need a veiled helmet for protection and a smoker, which does what? More...
This Day in History

Constantinople Becomes Istanbul (1930)

The city now known as Istanbul was founded as the Greek colony of Byzantium in the 8th century BCE. Eventually passing to Alexander the Great, it became a free city under the Romans in the 1st century CE. Emperor Constantine I made the city the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire in 330, later naming it Constantinople. It remained the capital of the subsequent Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome in the late 5th century and then changed hands several times. Why was it renamed Istanbul in 1830? More...
Today's Birthday

Aristide Briand (1862)

Briand was a French statesman who served as premier of France 11 times and held 26 ministerial posts between 1906 and 1932. After World War I, he emerged as a leading advocate of international peace. As foreign minister from 1925 to 1932, he was the chief architect of the Locarno Pact and the Kellogg-Briand Pact. An impressive orator, Briand was a prominent figure in the League of Nations and advocated for a United States of Europe. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Prize for Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

collect (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. More...
Today's Holiday

Easter Monday

Although Easter Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week and the end of Lent, the following Monday (also known as Pasch Monday) is observed as a public holiday in many nations, perhaps to round off the long weekend that begins on Good Friday. In London, there is a big Easter parade in Hyde Park on this day. A curious English tradition associated at one time with Easter Monday involved "lifting" or "heaving." By crossing hands and grasping another person's wrists, the men would lift the women on Easter Monday, and, on Easter Tuesday, the women would lift the men. More...
In the News

FYI, Oxford English Dictionary Adds Abbreviations

LOL, FYI, and OMG have made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. Though the abbreviations, short for "laughing out loud," "for your information," and "oh my god," are associated with modern electronic communication methods, some of them existed long before the technology was developed. For example, "OMG" was being used as early as 1917. Other entries added to the dictionary include IMHO, short for "in my humble opinion" and the phrase "muffin top," defined as the top part of a muffin or "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers." The dictionary also now recognizes the word heart, commonly represented by a symbol, as a verb meaning "to love." More...
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