Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

wherefore

Definition:(noun) The cause or intention underlying an action or situation.
Synonyms:why
Usage: We know the how, but to catch the killer, we must ascertain the wherefore.
Article of the Day

Ivory Carving

Humans have been carving animal tusks, or ivory, since prehistoric times. Ivory carvings have been found in European caves and in ancient Chinese tombs, and the material is even referenced in the Bible. Though a number of animals—including modern narwhals and walruses as well as long-dead mammoths—have ivory tusks, elephants have historically been the most significant source of the highly valued material. What ancient Egyptian ivory statuette is considered a masterpiece? 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
The state lieth in all languages of good and evil; and whatever it saith it lieth; and whatever it hath it hath stolen.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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

Parents Too Hasty in Introducing Solid Foods

Nearly half of new parents in the US begin feeding their babies solid food too early, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leading physician groups currently recommend that parents refrain from giving infants younger than six months solid foods. Yet a survey conducted between 2005 and 2007—when the recommended cutoff for introducing solids was just four months—found that forty percent of new parents were starting their babies on solid foods before then. Some were even giving their children solid food when they were just weeks old. More...
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