Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

hard-hitting

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or full of force and vigor.
Synonyms:trenchant
Usage: After her hard-hitting report on conditions in the tent cities of Haiti's capital aired, viewers donated millions of dollars to charities there.
Article of the Day

The Blast Furnace

Blast furnaces are apparatuses that extract metal from ore by removing oxygen from metal oxide. These tall, cylindrical smelting furnaces are fed from the top with a mix of ore, coke, and a flux, commonly limestone, while preheated compressed air is introduced under pressure from the bottom. As the contents become molten, the metal sinks and impurities, called slag, float to the top. Blast furnaces were first used in China more than 2,000 years ago. When did they appear in Europe? More...
This Day in History

The Last Supper Back on Display after Two-Decade Restoration (1999)

By the 1970s, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural masterpiece, The Last Supper, was badly deteriorated. Italian officials then undertook a major restoration project to permanently stabilize the painting and reverse the damage. The painting's original form was determined using original sketches and scientific tests, including infrared reflectoscopy and microscopic core-samples. The restoration took 21 years, and the painting was put back on display in 1999. Where is it located? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Moore (1779)

Moore was an Irish poet who achieved prominence in his day not only for his poetry but also for his love of Ireland and personal charm. He is remembered today for Irish Melodies, a group of lyrics published between 1808 and 1834 and set to music by Sir John Stevenson and others. Moore was friends with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and his biography of Byron is among his best prose works. Byron left Moore his memoirs, but Moore later destroyed them. Who persuaded him to do it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

gentleman's agreement

A legally non-binding arrangement that is guaranteed only by a verbal or mutually understood agreement by the parties involved. More...
Today's Holiday

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

When news of the British Boston Port Act reached Chestertown, Maryland, a group of local residents boarded the brigantine Geddes and dumped the tea in the Chester River. Every year during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, the rebellion is reenacted. The crowd winds its way down High Street to the river, where the "colonists" board a ship and throw its cargo of tea into the river. Other festival events include a colonial parade, exhibits and demonstrations of 18th-century American crafts, clog dancing, horse-and-carriage rides, and tall ship cruises. More...
In the News

Ratko Mladic Fit to Stand Trial for War Crimes

One of the world's most-wanted fugitives, Ratko Mladic, leader of the Bosnian Serb army from 1992 to 1996, was captured on Thursday in a pre-dawn raid of a relative's house in the Serbian village of Lazarevo. After more than 15 years on the run, the now 69-year-old Mladic is expected to be transferred to The Hague to be prosecuted for war crimes, including genocide. He stands accused of orchestrating the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica as well as the 43-month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. More...
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