Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

collocation

Definition:(noun) The act of positioning close together (or side by side).
Synonyms:juxtaposition, apposition
Usage: Nina gained notoriety among interior designers for her brilliant collocation of unusual colors and shapes.
Article of the Day

Composting

Compost is a dark, soil-like substance made of decomposed plant material. It is generally used in agriculture to improve soil structure and as a form of fertilizer. A range of methods and tools can be used for composting, but the process can also be as simple as letting a pile of dead plant matter—such as grass clippings or vegetable waste—sit and decompose for a year or more. Even in winter, the interior of the pile will remain hot due to the digestive action of microbes. What is "compost tea"? More...
This Day in History

King John of England Signs the Magna Carta (1215)

The Magna Carta—Latin for "Great Charter"—was signed by King John under pressure from his barons. Resentful of high taxes and aware of the king's waning power, the barons demanded a solemn grant of their rights. Among the charter's provisions were clauses reforming law and controlling the behavior of royal officials. Though it reflects the feudal order rather than democracy, the Magna Carta is traditionally considered the foundation of British constitutionalism. How did King John sign it? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward, the Black Prince (1330)

The eldest son of King Edward III, Edward was the prince of Wales. Joining his father as a commander in the campaigns of the Hundred Years War, he established a reputation for valor. However, his rule as the prince of Aquitaine from 1362 to 1372 was a failure, and he returned sick and broken to England and formally surrendered his principality to his father. Though the heir apparent, he never became king, dying one year before his father. Edward was the first in England to be granted what title? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

after a while

Following a certain period of time, usually one that is relatively short. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vitus's Day (2016)

According to legend, St. Vitus was raised as a Christian by his nurse and his foster father. All three suffered persecution and were eventually put to death for their beliefs around 303 CE, when Vitus was still a young boy. A chapel was later built in his honor at Ulm, Germany, and it was believed that anyone who danced before his shrine there on June 15, St. Vitus's Day, would be assured of good health in the coming year. St. Vitus is the patron saint of those suffering from epilepsy and other disorders of the nervous system, as well as actors and dancers. More...
In the News

Bulgarian Museum to Display "Vampire" Skeleton

Bulgaria's national history museum plans to display a new item in its collection next week: a vampire. The so-called vampire is in fact the 700-year-old skeleton of a man who was pierced through the chest with an iron rod—after death—in a pagan ritual intended to prevent him from turning into a bloodsucking immortal. Archaeologists excavating a monastery near the Bulgarian city of Sozopol recently discovered the remains, which date to a time when superstitions about vampires were widespread in the region. The director of the museum said excavations have unearthed more than 100 "vampire" burial sites throughout the country, mostly of noblemen who were pierced with wooden or iron stakes. More...
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