Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

upbraid

Definition:(verb) Express criticism towards.
Synonyms:reproach
Usage: Eleanor upbraided her husband for forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning.
Article of the Day

Pangaea

In 1912, German geophysicist Alfred Wegener proposed that all land on Earth was once part of a hypothetical protocontinent, which he called Pangaea. Wegener hypothesized that the supercontinent, completely surrounded by a world ocean called Panthalassa, began to drift apart approximately 200 million years ago. Evidence supporting Pangaea's existence includes the presence of identical species on continents that are now far apart, as well as the continuity of what on different continents? More...
This Day in History

Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania's right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accountability, n.: The mother of caution.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

drive (someone) potty

To make someone particularly annoyed, vexed, or crazy. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Ukraine Constitution Day

Having gained independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine began working on drafting a new constitution. The final document was written and approved by the country's parliament on June 28, 1996. The constitution created a democratic form of government that guarantees human rights and freedoms for its citizens under the rule of law. Since it is a fairly new holiday, traditions have not yet been established to celebrate the day. In Kiev, popular Ukrainian musicians and singers give concerts in Maidan Nezalezhnosty Square. More...
In the News

Seven African Countries Dramatically Cut Childhood HIV Infections

Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have all made great strides in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, these seven countries have cut the number in half. Much of this success is the result of programs to get antiretroviral medications to HIV-positive pregnant women, thereby preventing the virus' transmission to their offspring. Still, across most high-priority countries in Africa, including those named above, access to AIDS drugs for pediatric patients remains "unacceptably low," with only 30 percent of HIV-positive children getting the treatment they need. More...
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