Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 06, 2016)
Word of the Day

cataplasm

Definition:(noun) A medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
Synonyms:poultice, plaster
Usage: In an effort to reduce the inflammation, they wrapped the horse's leg in a cataplasm made of leaves.
Article of the Day

The Lotus Eaters

In Greek mythology, the Lotophagi, or lotus-eaters, were a race of people from an island near North Africa. Lotus fruits and flowers were the dominant plant life on the island and the primary source of food for its inhabitants, a peaceful, apathetic people calmed by the plant's narcotic effects. The Lotophagi have long been a popular literary referent, appearing in such works as Homer's epic the Odyssey, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lotus-Eaters," and what landmark modernist novel? 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
Trying to stop slanderers' tongues is like trying to put gates to the open plain.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

King Tut's Dagger Made of Iron from a Meteorite

A dagger buried alongside King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, according to research published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. Using X-ray fluorescence, a team of researchers, led by Daniela Comelli of the Polytechnic ... More...
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