Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

imbibe

Definition:(verb) To take in or assimilate (ideas, facts, etc.).
Synonyms:soak up, absorb
Usage: Thus, like figs, do these doctrines fall for you, my friends: imbibe now their juice and their sweet substance.
Article of the Day

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the dried inner bark of trees of the genus Cinnamomum, native to India, Sri Lanka, and Burma. It has been a favorite since Biblical times and was at one time more valuable than gold. To protect their monopoly on the valuable commodity, traders invented various tall tales about its source. One such story involved acquiring the spice from the nests of giant Arabian cinnamon birds, said to collect cinnamon sticks from parts unknown. What was another? More...
This Day in History

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Is Formed (1998)

ICANN is a nonprofit corporation that manages domain name systems, the assignment of IP addresses and protocol parameters, and root server systems. The original mandate for ICANN came from a US government proposal to privatize the management of Internet names and addresses to allow for the development of competition and to facilitate global participation in Internet management. Its functions are now performed under US Government contract. What are some criticisms of the organization? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Johnson (1709)

Johnson was a British man of letters and one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century England. In 1755, after eight years of work, he published his monumental Dictionary of the English Language, considered the first great English dictionary. His aphorisms helped make him one of the most frequently quoted English writers. His biography, written by his contemporary James Boswell, is one of the most admired biographies of all time. How many entries did Johnson's dictionary include? More...
Quotation of the Day
Harm hatch, harm catch.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

toss (one's) hat in(to) the ring

To announce or make known one's intention to compete against others for something, especially in a political race. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Nuestra Senora de Peñafrancia (2016)

This celebration is a grand fiesta devoted to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, held in Naga City on the Bicol peninsula in the Philippines. It is the biggest festival of the Bicol region; it starts with a nine-day novena at the Naga Cathedral. A procession then carries the image of the Virgin to a pagoda on a festooned barge, which is surrounded by a flotilla of smaller boats. The people on the smaller boats chant prayers and hymns as they proceed along the river. When the water-borne pagoda has finished its journey, there are shouts of "Viva la virgen!" and the image is taken back to its shrine. More...
In the News

Fight against World Hunger Making Gains

There are now 209 million fewer people facing chronic undernourishment than there were in 1990, considerable progress in the fight to end world hunger. Much of the improvement has taken place in Asia, where rapid economic growth and rising incomes have cut the number of hungry people by 50 percent. Though population growth, climate change, and political instability in areas like the Middle East and Africa constitute significant threats to food security, experts believe it is still possible to wipe out world hunger by 2025. More...
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