Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

powdery

Definition:(adjective) Consisting of fine particles.
Synonyms:fine-grained, pulverized, small-grained
Usage: He scooped up a handful of dry powdery earth and let it slowly slip through his fingers.
Article of the Day

The Moscow Mathematical Papyrus

Also called the Golenischev Mathematical Papyrus, after the Russian Egyptologist who purchased it in Thebes during the late 19th century, the Moscow Mathematical Papyrus is one of the oldest known Egyptian mathematical papyri. The 18-foot- (5.5-meter-) long papyrus likely dates to the 13th dynasty of Egypt, which began around 1773 BCE and ended after 1650 BCE. It contains 25 mathematical problems and solutions, many of which feature a variable indicating the strength of what alcoholic beverage? More...
This Day in History

Farhud Begins (1941)

During the Farhud, the pogrom carried out against the Jewish population of Baghdad after the fall of the short-lived pro-Nazi government of Rashid Ali, rioters killed about 200 Jews and injured hundreds more. It took place during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, and, according to some, marked a turning point for Iraq's 150,000 Jews, who were thereafter targeted for persecution. Jews had lived in Iraq since about 600 BCE, but by 1951, 80% had left. How many Jews are thought to live in Baghdad now? More...
Today's Birthday

John Marshall Harlan (1833)

After commanding a Union regiment in the American Civil War, Harlan served as a state attorney general before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. During his tenure, which lasted until his death in 1911, he became the court's outstanding liberal justice and one of the most forceful dissenters in its history. His best-known dissenting opinion came in Plessy v. Ferguson, in which the Supreme Court established what infamous doctrine? More...
Quotation of the Day
He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

get in touch (with someone)

To initiate or establish contact or communication with someone More...
Today's Holiday

Kenya Madaraka Day (2016)

June 1 is a public holiday set aside to commemorate the day that Kenya became a self-ruling nation. On this day, the main event takes place at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. The President addresses the nation, and the uniformed military, singers, and traditional dancers from around the country provide entertainment for the crowds. The day is full of festive activities, including family picnics and games in the public parks. Many people take this opportunity to go back to their hometowns for the occasion, and often a big meal of goat or chicken is prepared for the special day. More...
In the News

WHO Labels Cell Phones "Possibly Carcinogenic"

After reviewing epidemiological studies relating to mobile phone use and to exposure to elec tromagnetic fields in the workplace, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that current evidence does not establish a strong link between cell phone use and increased risk of a malignant type of brain cancer. However, it also does not rule it out. It has therefore classified the devices as "possibly carcinogenic" and recommends that, until additional research into the long-term effects of heavy mobile phone use provides more definitive data, consumers consider reducing their exposure. More...
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