Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

glasshouse

Definition:(noun) A building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions.
Synonyms:greenhouse, nursery
Usage: This kind of plant is very delicate and needs to be grown in a glasshouse.
Article of the Day

The Loquat

The loquat is a small ornamental evergreen tree that belongs to the rose family and is related to the apple and other temperate-zone fruit trees. It bears yellowish, oval-shaped fruits that grow in clusters and taste similar to mildly tart apples or pears. Probably indigenous to China, it has been grown from antiquity in Japan and northern India and is also cultivated in Indochina, the Mediterranean region, and New World subtropics. What deadly poison is found in the fruit’s seeds? More...
This Day in History

Construction of St. Peter's Basilica Begins (1506)

With a capacity of over 60,000 people, St. Peter's Basilica is the one of the world's largest churches as well as one of the world's holiest Catholic sites. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed more than a century later, it was built to replace Old St. Peter's, erected by Constantine over Peter's traditional burial site. Michelangelo and Bernini were among its many architects, and a number of their masterpieces adorn its interior. Why is St. Peter's not considered a cathedral? More...
Today's Birthday

Clarence Darrow (1857)

Darrow was an American lawyer and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked to free anarchists charged with murder in the Haymarket Riot, and his defense of Eugene V. Debs established his reputation as a union lawyer. Later came sensational criminal cases that displayed his eminence as a defense lawyer, especially the Loeb-Leopold murder case. Perhaps his most famous case was the Scopes trial, in which he defended a high school teacher who was charged with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

dealbreaker

A specific issue or thing that will cause an agreement, deal, or relationship to fail or be terminated. More...
Today's Holiday

Patriots' Day (2016)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, marked the beginning of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Residents of Maine and Massachusetts have observed Patriots' Day since the 18th century with costume parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and reenactments of the battles and the famous rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who were sent to warn their comrades in Concord of the British troops' approach. Sometimes, this day is referred to as Lexington Day or Battles of Lexington and Concord Day. More...
In the News

Childhood Obesity Dropping in Victoria, Australia

Between 1999 and 2007, the percentage of overweight and obese children in the Australian state of Victoria gradually declined. Though obesity rates still remain high, even among children as young as two, and lower income kids remain at greater risk, the improvements were largely seen among lower income children, meaning that social disparities in early-childhood obesity rates have narrowed. Experts do not know what prompted the shift but speculate that government programs to improve children's diet and increase their activity levels may be a factor. More...
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