Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

sallow

Definition:(adjective) Of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion.
Synonyms:sickly
Usage: His face was sallow and shiny with sweat.
Article of the Day

Simonetta Vespucci

Simonetta was the Genoese wife of the Italian nobleman Marco Vespucci of Florence. Renowned as the greatest beauty of her age, she was the subject of countless portraits, including many by the Italian master Sandro Botticelli. Some claim that the goddess depicted in Botticelli's masterpiece, Birth of Venus, was modeled after Simonetta, even though she died at the age of 22—several years before it was completed. What fact about Botticelli's burial place lends credence to the theory? More...
This Day in History

The Tennis Court Oath (1789)

In the first days of the French Revolution, the deputies of the Third Estate were locked out of their usual meeting hall at Versailles. Believing that their newly formed National Assembly was to be disbanded, they met at a nearby tennis court and took an oath not separate until a constitution was established for France. The oath was an assertion that power came from the people not the monarch, and their solidarity forced King Louis XVI to concede. Who was the only deputy not to sign the oath? More...
Today's Birthday

Lillian Hellman (1905)

After working as a book reviewer, press agent, and play reader, Hellman began writing plays in the 1930s. Her first major success, The Children's Hour, concerned two schoolteachers falsely accused of lesbianism. She examined family infighting in her hit The Little Foxes and political injustice in Watch on the Rhine. All were made into successful films. Hellman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. What happened when she refused to testify? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

amount to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference. More...
Today's Holiday

Eritrean Martyrs' Day (2016)

Following its defeat of Ethiopian government forces in 1991 to establish national independence, Eritrea instituted an official holiday to pay tribute to those who died for the country's liberation. The struggle, which lasted from 1961 to 1991, claimed the lives of an estimated 65,000 freedom fighters and tens of thousands of civilians. Many Eritreans observe Martyrs' Day by filing into mass mourning processions that conclude at the "Martyrs' Graveyards" located throughout the country. In 1997, the government opened the National Martyrs' Park outside the capital city, Asmara. More...
In the News

Dairy Cows Producing Human Breast Milk Substitute

Chinese scientists have produced a herd of over 300 genetically modified cows that produce milk with the same nutritional properties as human breast milk but with a stronger and sweeter taste. The milk is said to be 80 percent the same as human breast milk and contains proteins and antibodies believed to strengthen the immune system. Tests are still needed to ensure the product is safe for human consumption. More...
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