Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

good-humored

Definition:(adjective) Disposed to please.
Synonyms:amiable
Usage: He was generally a good-humored, sensible man; but if his temper was a little out...nobody liked to come too near his fist, for he could deal a very heavy blow.
Article of the Day

Tian

Tian is one of the oldest Chinese terms for the cosmos and the supreme power over humans and lesser gods in indigenous Chinese religion. As a god, Tian is an impersonal power, in contrast to the supreme ruler Shangdi, with whom Tian is nevertheless closely identified. Scholars have long debated whether Tian rewarded and punished human actions or whether events merely followed Tian's order and principles. The word Tian has how many meanings? More...
This Day in History

Hiram Bingham III Locates Machu Picchu (1911)

Bingham was an American archaeologist who explored the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which he incorrectly identified as the "lost city" of Vilcabamba, bringing them to the attention of the outside world for the first time. Ironically, he was also the first modern explorer to reach Espiritu Pampa, found 60 mi (110 km) east of Machu Picchu, a site now widely recognized as the actual remains of Vilcabamba. A Yale University lecturer, Bingham may have been the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900)

Zelda Sayre was an aspiring writer when she married F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. A glamorous and witty couple, they lived an extravagant life in New York City that F. Scott unsuccessfully attempted to support with his writing. They eventually moved to Europe, where they became part of a celebrated circle of American expatriates known as the Lost Generation. After 1930, Zelda was intermittently confined to sanatoriums for schizophrenia but still managed to publish short stories and what novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. More...
Today's Holiday

Manitoba Sunflower Festival

The Mennonites were members of an evangelical Protestant sect named for Menno Simons, a Dutch priest. A number of Russian Mennonites settled in Manitoba, Canada, where their heritage is still celebrated. Because the Mennonites were the first to extract the oil from sunflower plants, the city of Altona honors its Mennonite heritage with an annual Sunflower Festival, offering a number of Mennonite foods such as veriniki, borscht, and rollkuchen. Activities include the Great Ping Pong Ball Drop, motorcross races, pancake breakfasts, and a huge farmers' market. More...
In the News

Russia Says Beer Is Not a Foodstuff

Thanks to a new law, in 2013, Russia will begin classifying beer as alcohol and not as food. Until now, Russia has considered any beverage containing less than 10 percent alcohol a "foodstuff," meaning beer's sale was not restricted to specific stores and it could be sold at any time of day or night. Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40 percent. Last year, about four of the 12.5 liters of alcohol consumed by the average Russian consumer were beer. The new law will allow the government to control the sale of beer in much the same way that other spirits, notably vodka, are controlled. More...
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