Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

upstart

Definition:(noun) A person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class.
Synonyms:arriviste, nouveau-riche, parvenu
Usage: He is an upstart, a man of no name, who will only be the tool of a party in France.
Article of the Day

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Completed in 8 CE, Metamorphoses is a 15-book narrative poem that describes the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar. A collection of myths and legends in which transformation plays a role, it relates the stories of Daphne, a nymph who metamorphosed into a laurel tree to escape from Apollo, and Arachne, who was turned into a spider for challenging the goddess Athena to a weaving contest. What other transformations are detailed in Metamorphoses? 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
You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight ... You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

collect (one's) wits

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

Easter Monday (2016)

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

The Chocolate Diet?

In a recent study, researchers found that people who ate chocolate more frequently tended to be slimmer than those who ate it only occasionally, despite the fact that they generally consumed more calories and saturated fat than those who rarely indulged. It appears that how often one has chocolate is more important than how much is eaten. The researchers believe that the antioxidants found in chocolate could have positive health effects that help people shed pounds. More...
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