Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, October 31, 2014)
Word of the Day

jibe

Definition:(verb) To be in accord; agree.
Synonyms:correspond, match
Usage: I expected to find some discrepancies in the books, but your figures jibe with mine.
Article of the Day

Seattle's Space Needle

At 605 feet (184 m) tall, the Space Needle is the most recognizable landmark in Seattle, Washington. The tower was built for the 1962 World's Fair and now boasts a rotating restaurant, a gift shop, and an observation deck, which afford views of the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. The tower can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 in magnitude. It also has 25 lightning rods. What two design concepts inspired the structure's unique architecture? More...
This Day in History

Leiden University Library Opens in the Netherlands (1587)

The city of Leiden played a prominent role in the revolt that would create an independent Dutch nation. In 1575—a year after Leiden had survived a siege by the Spanish—Prince William the Silent founded a university in the city. Today, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Its library, once housed in a single room, is now home to a monumental collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and letters—some of which are centuries old and very rare. What was the library's first book? More...
Today's Birthday

John Evelyn (1620)

From 1631 until his death in 1706, Evelyn kept a diary that is today an invaluable source of information on 17th-century British social, cultural, and political life. He corresponded frequently with Samuel Pepys, another now-famous diarist of the time. Living as a wealthy country gentleman in Deptford, he wrote about 30 books on various subjects including reforestation, vegetarianism, and numismatics. In 1661, he wrote the Fumifugium, believed to be the first book written on what topic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

bragging rights

The authority and freedom to boast or brag of one's achievements that comes from having won a contest or succeeded in some way, especially against a close rival. More...
Today's Holiday

Apple and Candle Night (2017)

This is another name for Halloween among children in the Swansea area of Wales. The traditional game of "Apple and Candle" is played by suspending a stick from the ceiling with an apple fastened to one end and a lit candle to the other. The object is to eat the apple without using hands and without getting burned by the swinging candle. To make the game more challenging, players are sometimes blindfolded and the stick is twirled around before the game begins. More...
In the News

Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore, who seized power in a coup 27 years ago and has been seeking to extend term limits so that he might run for reelection again in 2015. The protesters stormed parliament and other government buildings, setting them alight. They also stormed the state television headquarters, taking it off the air. Compaore has responded by dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency, a move condemned by opposition leaders. More...
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