Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 25, 2012)
Word of the Day

unguent

Definition:(noun) Semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation.
Synonyms:ointment, salve, balm, unction
Usage: The doctor instructed her to apply the unguent to her rash every day for a week.
Article of the Day

The Battle of Valmy

The French Revolutionary Wars were a series of military conflicts that took place both during and after the French Revolution. They began as an effort to defend the Revolution from outsiders but became wars of conquest. The first important engagement of these wars was the Battle of Valmy, a Franco-Prussian artillery skirmish fought in 1792. Though inconclusive, it revealed the superiority of French artillery. What battle cry, taken up by the French, may have weakened the Prussian troops' morale? More...
This Day in History

Sandra Day O'Connor Becomes First Female US Supreme Court Justice (1981)

O'Connor is a lawyer and jurist who was the first female associate justice of the US Supreme Court. She served as an assistant state attorney general in her home state of Arizona in the late 1960s and, in 1969, was appointed to the state senate, where she became the country's first female majority leader. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1981, becoming the first female justice. Who took O'Connor's Supreme Court seat when she retired in 2006? More...
Today's Birthday

Mark Rothko (1903)

Largely self-taught, Rothko was an American painter who became a leading exponent of a uniquely personal strain within the larger movement of abstract expressionism. By 1950, he was creating his so-called color-field paintings, works with large rectangles of color that express moods. In 1970, he committed suicide shortly after completing what some regard as his masterwork, a group of murals for a chapel in Houston, Texas. For what record-breaking price did one of Rothko's paintings sell in 2007? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

have a go (at something)

To attempt to do or undertake something, especially that which is unfamiliar or new. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Gold Star Mother's Day (2016)

Since 1936, the last Sunday in September has been designated by the U.S. Congress as Gold Star Mother's Day in the United States, honoring the mothers of US service men and women who have died at war. The Gold Star mothers' group was founded in the aftermath of World War I by Grace Darling Siebold, whose son George had been killed in an air battle over France in 1918. Each year, Gold Star Mother's Day is commemorated during several ceremonies in the nation's capital, including flower and wreath laying services at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. More...
In the News

Unique Benefits to Being a Eunuch

Though it has largely fallen out of style nowadays, being a eunuch does have its perks. Researchers investigating the court of the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910) found that its eunuchs lived an average of 14 to 19 years longer than their non-castrated counterparts. While some have suggested that their privileged lifestyle as members of the court could be responsible for the eunuchs' longevity, researchers point out that most eunuchs employed by the palace lived outside of its grounds and that the kings themselves, who spent their entire lives within the palace, only had an average lifespan of about 47 years, compared to the eunuchs' 70. More...
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