Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

importune

Definition:(verb) Beg persistently and urgently.
Synonyms:insist
Usage: She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so she ceased to importune him for information.
Article of the Day

Qigong

Considered by some to be an important form of alternative medicine, qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its central idea is the control and manipulation of qi—also known as chi—believed by practitioners to be the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality. In China, qigong is used in conjunction with other medical therapies for many chronic conditions. How is qigong related to the practice of martial arts? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Dogger Bank (1781)

The Battle of Dogger Bank was a naval battle that took place in the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which broke out over Dutch trade with Britain's enemies during the American Revolution. The battle is therefore considered part of the American War of Independence. The clash began after the British spotted and began to chase a Dutch merchant fleet being escorted by a convoy of warships. Both sides suffered significant casualties during the three-hour skirmish. Who emerged the victor? More...
Today's Birthday

Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that echoed the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with "Boule de Suif," or "Ball of Fat," and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More...
Quotation of the Day
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

hard knocks

The real and practical experiences of life, especially those involving hardship or adversity. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day (2016)

On this date in 1995, the Croatian Army defeated Serbian forces at the city of Knin in a decisive battle called Operation Storm. The victory enabled Croatia to regain control of the Serbian-declared breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina. The main celebration of this national holiday takes place in Knin, where thousands gather to watch a parade and to listen to speeches by the country's leaders. Church bells toll, and wreaths are laid in honor of those who died in the war. The national flag is hoisted atop of the fortress overlooking southern Knin as part of the celebration. More...
In the News

Mayas May Have Made Mole-Like Dishes

Experts have long thought that cacao was mainly used by pre-Hispanic cultures in beverages, but the presence of chocolate residue on a 2,500-year-old plate rather than a cup suggests that it may have been used as a mole-like sauce or condiment by ancient inhabitants of the Yucatán Peninsula. Mole is a type of chili-and-chocolate-based sauce traditionally served in Mexico with meat or poultry. Its origin is disputed, but it is generally believed to have been invented in the early colonial period. This finding would suggest that mole may actually have its roots in pre-Hispanic Maya culture. More...
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