Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

glister

Definition:(noun) The quality of shining with a bright reflected light.
Synonyms:glitter, sparkle, scintillation
Usage: Brian had to shield his eyes from the glister of Frank's enormous watch in the sunlight.
Article of the Day

Latinxua Sin Wenz

Latinxua Sin Wenz was the not the first system for transliterating Chinese using the Latin alphabet, but it was the first to be widely used by native speakers. It was developed in the late 1920s and early 30s in the USSR, where it was employed by Chinese immigrants. It then spread to Northwestern China, where it became an important tool for promoting literacy. More than 300 publications utilized Latinxua Sin Wenz before it fell out of use. What important feature of Chinese languages did it omit? More...
This Day in History

Leningrad's Name Reverts to Saint Petersburg (1991)

Russia's second largest city, Saint Petersburg is a major seaport, rail junction, and industrial, cultural, and scientific center. The city was built in 1703 by Peter the Great, who sought an outlet to the sea and a port for trade through the Baltic. It was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 to 1917. Named "Leningrad" in 1924, the city reverted to its original name, Saint Petersburg, in 1991. What had the city been called between 1914 and 1924? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Addams (1860)

In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the first social settlements in the US. Based on the settlements begun in England by Samuel Barnett, Hull House served as a community center for the poor and as a center for social reform, and influenced the settlement movement throughout the country. A joint recipient of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize, Addams was a leader in the women's suffrage and pacifist movements and a lecturer and writer. What are some of her books? More...
Quotation of the Day
To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to preserve themselves to-day for to-morrow, and not risk all in one day.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

handbags at dawn

A confrontation or disagreement that is highly aggressive, emotionally expressive, and/or highly dramatic, but which does not end or result in violence. Used originally and primarily in reference to football (soccer) players, who would be sent off if they engaged in violent actions, the phrase is a play on the clichéd "pistols at dawn," indicating a forthcoming pistol duel. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Swaziland Independence Day

Independence Day is a national holiday in Swaziland. On this day in 1968, Swaziland became self-governing after having been ruled by Britain since 1903. This national holiday was also known as Somhlolo Day or Sobhuza Day, named after Sobhuza II (1899-1982), king of Swaziland from 1921 until his death. In 1973, he disregarded the constitution passed upon independence and assumed supreme power. More...
In the News

Would-Be Thief Swallows $13,600 Diamond

A Chinese tourist was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to steal a diamond by swallowing it during a gem and jewelry exhibition. The owner of the exhibition stall where the incident occurred said the alleged thief, 32-year-old Chow Cheng, was examining the diamond when he attempted to swap the real gem—valued at 1.8 million rupees, or $13,600—with a synthetic one. When the ruse was spotted, the suspect reportedly swallowed the diamond, which police say can be seen in an X-ray of his throat. More...
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