Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

recompense

Definition:(verb) To award compensation for; make a return for.
Synonyms:compensate, indemnify, repair
Usage: I wish to recompense you for the time and money that you spent while helping my sister find her lost dog.
Article of the Day

The Irrawaddy River

The Irrawaddy, or Ayeyarwady, is Myanmar's longest river and its most important commercial waterway. For many centuries, it was Myanmar's principal communication route. The 1,000-mile (1,600-km) river bisects the country from north to south and empties into the Indian Ocean through a vast, nine-armed delta, which is one of the world's great rice-producing regions. The Ayeyarwady lends its name to what animal found in its waters? 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
Now, here you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

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

Seven New Mini-Frogs Found—Among Smallest Known

Good things came in small packages for a team of scientists who recently discovered seven new species of tiny frogs in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest. The new species belong to the genus Brachycephalus, a group of frogs known for their miniscule ... More...
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