Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 16, 2014)
Word of the Day

alfresco

Definition:(adverb) In the fresh air.
Synonyms:outdoors
Usage: Dining alfresco is one of my great summer pleasures.
Article of the Day

Carnaby Street

Once a fashionable quarter, London's Soho district became popular among writers and artists in the 19th century and then became associated with the "Swinging London" of the 1960s. The epicenter of the scene was Carnaby Street, which housed many fashion boutiques and designers and drew "Mods" who embraced new trends like bell-bottoms and miniskirts. Bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones were also frequent visitors. What major change came to Carnaby Street in the 1970s? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Sets Sail for New England (1620)

The Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers and about 25 crew members. After a two-month voyage marked by disease, the ship dropped anchor in Cape Cod Bay. After spending the winter selecting a suitable site for their new colony and drawing up an agreement for its temporary government by the will of the majority—the Mayflower Compact—the surviving passengers settled Plymouth. Why did the Speedwell, which set out with the Mayflower, turn back? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Drusilla (16 CE)

Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother's favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host's wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula's lover. Upon Drusilla's death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her "Diva Drusilla," deifying her as a representation of what goddess? More...
Quotation of the Day
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Idiom of the Day

harp away at (someone or something)

To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

In 1994, the United Nations established September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The date honors the September 16, 1987, signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Nations may observe the day with activities that support the aims of the Protocol. More...
In the News

Yangtze Fish Nearing Extinction

The Chinese sturgeon, considered a "living fossil" due to its 140-million-year history, may not be around for much longer. It is teetering on the brink of extinction, thanks in large part to rising pollution levels and the construction of numerous dams along the Yangtze River it calls home. Only 100 specimens are thought to remain in the wild, and for the first year on record, none reproduced naturally in the river in 2013. Without additional conservation efforts, there is little hope for the future of this ancient creature. More...
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