Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

circuitous

Definition:(adjective) Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course.
Synonyms:roundabout
Usage: He prided himself on his sense of direction, so Jane refrained from mentioning that the route he had chosen was circuitous and unnecessarily long.
Article of the Day

Satellite Radio

A satellite radio is a digital radio that receives signals broadcast by communications satellites. Since satellite radio operates wherever there is line of sight between the antenna and satellite, the signal spans a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio. Satellite radio service is subscription-based and can only be accessed through specialized receivers. How many satellites are generally needed to provide service to an entire continent? More...
This Day in History

Margaret Thatcher and Garret FitzGerald Sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985)

Though it did not bring an immediate end to the Troubles, the Anglo-Irish Agreement addressed some specific points of contention. It granted the Republic of Ireland a role in the government of Northern Ireland for the first time, while confirming that Northern Ireland would remain a part of the UK until a majority of its citizens decided otherwise. The agreement met with fierce opposition in Northern Ireland. One politician compared Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, to what biblical villain? More...
Today's Birthday

Jérôme Bonaparte (1784)

Jérôme Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon. The two men became estranged after Jérôme married an American in 1803 without Napoleon's consent. Napoleon personally had the marriage annulled and arranged Jérôme's wedding to Princess Catherine of Württemberg instead. Jérôme was made king of Westphalia, but his kingdom collapsed and became part of Prussia in 1815, after which he returned to France. Which one of his grandsons founded the precursor of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

set in cement

Firmly or permanently established; not subject to change; unalterable. More...
Today's Holiday

King's Day (Belgium) (2017)

King Leopold I (1790-1865) of Belgium was named after St. Leopold, whose feast is celebrated on this day. He was the first leader of Belgium after it achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1831, and reigned until his death. The day is a major observance particularly among Belgium's German-speaking community. More...
In the News

Mysterious Space Junk Makes Spectacular Re-Entry into Earth's Atmosphere

A mysterious piece of space junk dubbed WT1190F made a spectacular re-entry into Earth's atmosphere early Friday, as predicted by scientists. Experts, however, are unsure whether it splashed down in the Indian Ocean, as initially expected. “It appears ... More...
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