Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 06, 2013)
Word of the Day

high-spirited

Definition:(adjective) Joyously unrestrained.
Synonyms:ebullient, exuberant
Usage: These beer busts were a diversion of these high-spirited young fellows whereby they whiled away the tedium of existence by making fools of their betters.
Article of the Day

The Pool of Siloam

In the New Testament of the Bible, an account in the Gospel of John tells of how Jesus cured a blind man by covering his eyes with mud and then having him wash in the Pool of Siloam—the same pool mentioned multiple times in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The rock-cut pool is believed to have been used as a ritual bath by ancient Jews near the Temple. In 2004, archaeologists in Jerusalem announced that they had discovered the pool during an unrelated excavation. Where was it found? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Bonaparte Named King of Spain (1808)

The elder brother of Napoleon, Joseph Bonaparte served as king of Naples during Napoleon's reign, abolishing feudalism and reorganizing the judicial, financial, and educational systems. He was named king of Spain in 1808, but his reforms there were less successful, and he abdicated in 1813 and returned to France. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Joseph lived in the US and later in Italy. What creature from American folklore was Joseph said to have encountered while in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Velázquez (1599)

The most celebrated painter of the Spanish school, Velázquez was one of the outstanding artists of the 17th century. His early works were mostly religious or genre scenes. After arriving in Madrid in 1623, he painted a portrait of King Philip IV that won him immediate success and an appointment as court painter. Notable among his portraits is his masterpiece, Las MeninasThe Maids of Honor. Why is there debate about who the true subject of the painting is? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is just at the very age when a man's character is forming that he tumbles into love, and then the lass he loves has the making or marring of him. Unconsciously he molds himself to what she would have him, good or bad.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Swedish Flag Day (2016)

Constitution and Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Swedish constitution on June 6, 1809, and the ascension of Gustavus I to the throne on June 6, 1523. It is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic meetings, parades, and the raising of flags. In Stockholm, the main celebration takes place at the Stadium, where the Swedish national anthem is sung by a chorus of several thousand voices, and the King awards flags to various schools, sports clubs, and other organizations. In the evening, the celebration continues at Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in Europe. More...
In the News

France and UN Agree, Chemical Weapons Have Been Used in Syria

A UN report released on Tuesday concluded that there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that chemical weapons have been used in Syria but stops short of naming a responsible party due to an apparent lack of evidence. Shortly thereafter, France's foreign minister announced that lab tests in Paris confirmed numerous uses of the nerve agent sarin in Syria and asserted that the Syrian government and its allies have been behind its use. Months ago, the US president called the use of chemical weapons in war-torn Syria a "red line," but it remains to be seen what action, if any, the international community will take as evidence that this line has been crossed mounts. More...
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