Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

choleric

Definition:(adjective) Quickly aroused to anger.
Synonyms:hot-tempered, hotheaded, irascible, quick-tempered, short-tempered
Usage: Gordon was a man by nature ill-suited to be a schoolmaster: he was impatient and choleric.
Article of the Day

Albertus Magnus

Magnus was a 13th-century Dominican bishop regarded as one of the greatest German philosophers and theologians of the Middle Ages. He taught Thomas Aquinas, was a major Aristotelian scholar and commentator, and wrote prolifically on myriad subjects. Extraordinarily well-read, he possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of a vast array of scientific and philosophical disciplines. Various legends portray him as a magician or alchemist. His refusal to ride horses earned him what affectionate nickname? More...
This Day in History

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Founded (1960)

OPEC is a multinational organization that was established in 1960 to coordinate the petroleum production and export policies of its original members, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Other nations have since joined the organization. In 1973, OPEC began a series of oil price increases in retaliation for Western support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War, and its members' income greatly increased as a result. What member country withdrew from OPEC in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

María Capovilla (1889)

Capovilla was an Ecuadorian supercentenarian whose life spanned three centuries. At the time of her death shortly before her 117th birthday in 2006, she was recognized as the world's oldest living person. She was also the last remaining documented person born in the 1880s. At age 100, Capovilla nearly died and was given last rites by a priest, but she recovered and lived in good health for another 16 years. She had 20 great-grandchildren and how many great-great-grandchildren? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

find (something) out the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Can also be phrased as "find out about something the hard way." More...
Today's Holiday

Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day (2016)

In Nicaragua, September 14 is a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the independence of Central America and the battle at San Jacinto. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, the president awards the Presidential Medallion to the best students and teachers from around the country at the Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo Segundo. Marching bands from 100 schools in the capital and bands from the National Army and the Police participate in a parade that day. More...
In the News

Swallowed Diamond Was Fake

The Chinese man who was arrested last week for trying to steal a diamond by swallowing it at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka actually swallowed a fake diamond, possibly in an attempt to let his accomplice escape with the real stone, police said. After his arrest, an X-ray of the suspect showed a stone lodged in his throat. However, police retrieved the gem after the man was given laxatives, and determined it to be a fake—just like the other six fakes found in his pocket. The real stone, valued at 1.8 million rupees, or $13,000, is still missing, and police are searching for the man who fled the scene. More...
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