Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

levelheaded

Definition:(adjective) Exercising or showing good judgment.
Synonyms:sound, intelligent, healthy
Usage: While I stood around bawling uselessly, my levelheaded sister calmly called a towing company and then our parents to let them know that the car had broken down.
Article of the Day

Classical Orders

Classical orders are ancient styles of architecture defined by the type of column, base, capital, and entablature used. The Parthenon is a prime example of the Doric order, the earliest and simplest of the five classical orders. The Corinthian order, with its fluted columns topped with leaves and scrolls, is the most ornate. Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius details these forms in his De architectura. The only surviving architectural writing from antiquity, it was rediscovered when? 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
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

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

Guinea Bans Bat Consumption to Curb Ebola Spread

Guinea is battling its first outbreak of Ebola, a highly contagious virus that kills between 25 and 90 percent of those infected. There is not yet a cure for Ebola or a vaccine that can prevent it, and scientists still do not know precisely how outbreaks begin. They suspect the virus is transmitted to humans via infected animals and believe bats are the most likely culprit. Therefore, the Guinea government has banned the sale and consumption of bats, a local delicacy, in an effort to prevent the further spread of the disease, which has claimed the lives of 62 people in the country's southeast so far. More...
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