Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

deplete

Definition:(verb) Use up (resources or materials).
Synonyms:wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume
Usage: We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.
Article of the Day

Supermodels

A supermodel is a highly-paid elite fashion model who usually has earned a worldwide reputation and often has a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. Although the term has roots earlier in the 20th century, it became especially popular during the 1980s and 1990s, when the names­—and not just the faces—of particular models began to be internationally recognized. What supermodel once said that models of her caliber "don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day"? More...
This Day in History

The Alhambra Decree Is Issued (1492)

Fourteen years after Ferdinand II and Isabella I, the "Catholic Monarchs" of Spain, established the Spanish Inquisition to discover and punish converted Jews—and later Muslims—who were insincere, they issued the Alhambra Decree, an edict ordering the expulsion of all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity. Any Jew who did not convert or leave by the deadline faced execution. Non-Jews found sheltering or hiding Jews had all of their belongings seized. When was the edict officially revoked? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Haydn (1732)

The principal shaper of the Classical style, Haydn was an Austrian composer who exerted major influence on his contemporaries, including Mozart, and future composers. The first great symphonist, he composed 106 symphonies and virtually invented the string quartet. By his later years, he was recognized internationally as the greatest living composer. He composed important works in almost every genre. What legendary composer was a student of Haydn? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battles or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

concrete jungle

An overcrowded, unsafe and/or crime-ridden urban environment or city, characterized by the congestion of large buildings and roads. More...
Today's Holiday

Transfer Day (2016)

On March 31, 1917, the US government formally purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark for the sum of $25 million. The US purchased them primarily for their strategic importance, and they are still considered a vital key to the defense of the Panama Canal Zone and the Caribbean. Transfer Day is usually observed in the islands with a parade and other public festivities. There was a major celebration in 1967, 50 years after the transfer took place, with events that underscored Danish-American friendship and a reenactment of the original transfer ceremony of 1917. More...
In the News

Heartbreak Hurts

Brain scans show that social rejection stimulates regions of the brain that experts previously thought were solely dedicated to physical pain. When volunteers were asked to think about a recent, emotionally painful break-up while looking at a photo of the ex-partner and when they were subjected to a painful, burning sensation on the arm, overlapping parts of the brain were stimulated. The findings suggest that the brain does not firmly distinguish between physical and emotional pain and raise questions about whether treating one type of pain can help relieve the other. More...
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