Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 21, 2011)
Word of the Day

chapiter

Definition:(noun) The upper part of a column that supports the entablature.
Synonyms:capital, cap
Usage: Scattered throughout the ruins were ornately carved chapiters that had once supported a soaring coliseum.
Article of the Day

Noise Pollution

Noise is a recognized form of pollution, but it is difficult to measure because the annoyance or discomfort it causes varies between individuals. There is evidence that hearing sensitivity among young Americans is decreasing because of exposure to noise, including overly amplified music. Apart from hearing loss, excessive noise can cause sleeplessness, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. A 2005 study found that city residents are willing to pay how much for noise reduction? More...
This Day in History

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit Is Published (1937)

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon and of English language and literature at Oxford University. Adapted from stories Tolkien told his kids, The Hobbit is recognized as a classic in children's literature but also attracts adult readers. Its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, is one of the 20th century's most popular and influential works of fantasy literature. What is the The Hobbit's full title? More...
Today's Birthday

H. G. Wells (1866)

Wells was an English author whose early books exemplify the political and social beliefs of his time. Full of fantasy and fascinating pseudoscientific speculations, they include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker who worked for many progressive causes. What novels did he write after he abandoned science fiction? More...
Quotation of the Day
Churchmen in peace and quiet pray to Heaven for the welfare of the world, but we soldiers and knights carry into effect what they pray for...Thus are we God's ministers on earth and the arms by which his justice is done therein.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have a few

To have multiple alcoholic drinks, especially to the point of becoming mildly intoxicated. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Independence Day

On September 21, 1991, the Armenian people voted in favor of independence from the USSR; they were granted independence on December 26 of that year, by which time the former Soviet Union had collapsed. Armenia had been part of the Soviet Union since the 1920s. More...
In the News

Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Peace Council Head

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Afghan president and the head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani in his home. A Taliban spokesman said the killing was the culmination of a careful plot to gain access to Rabbani by feigning interest in peace negotiations. The suicide attack was clearly meant to derail peace negotiations, but President Hamid Karzai insists that his government will continue on the path toward reconciliation. More...
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