Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

parterre

Definition:(noun) Seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies).
Synonyms:parquet circle
Usage: They found the whole of the audience in the parterre standing up and directing their gaze towards the box formerly possessed by the Russian ambassador.
Article of the Day

Origen

Probably the son of a Christian martyr, Origen studied philosophy in Alexandria and became a prolific writer and famed teacher. A stern ascetic, he castrated himself out of a desire for purity. He held that even Satan was not beyond repentance and salvation, a view for which he was condemned. Although attacked as a heretic, Origen remained an influential thinker throughout late antiquity and the Middle Ages. He died around the year 250, shortly after having survived what? More...
This Day in History

The People's Republic of China Joins the UN Security Council (1971)

The 1949 Communist takeover of mainland China created the People's Republic of China (PRC). The former government, known as the Republic of China (ROC), retained control only of Taiwan and outlying islands. However, for the next 22 years, the ROC also held onto its seat in the UN, representing the mainland it no longer controlled. UN Resolution 2758 finally transferred China's seat to representatives of the PRC. Since then, the ROC has repeatedly applied to rejoin the UN under what names? More...
Today's Birthday

Franklin Pierce (1804)

In 1852, the Democratic party of the US was split into hostile factions, none of which could muster sufficient strength to secure the presidential nomination. The charming and unobjectionable Pierce was nominated as a compromise candidate. He unexpectedly trounced his opposition in the general election despite being largely unknown beforehand. However, Pierce proved unable to mediate slavery-related political troubles. As a testament to his unpopularity, he was the first US president to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

over the course of

In or during the process of. More...
Today's Holiday

St. George's Day (Republic of Georgia) (2017)

Nothing much is known for certain about St. George, but he is popularly known in medieval legend for slaying a vicious dragon that was besieging a town in Cappadocia. To this day, St. George is often depicted with a dragon. St. George's Day, sometimes referred to as Georgemas, has been observed as a religious feast as well as a holiday since the 13th century. It is celebrated on November 23 as a national holiday in the Republic of Georgia. A festival is held at the cathedral of Mtskheta, the old capital and religious center of Georgia. More...
In the News

Weighty Issues Weigh on Kids' Minds

Kids have more on their minds than many give them credit for. A poll of children, ages 10 to 12, from around the globe revealed that education, basic needs, and the environment are their top concerns. In emerging nations, youngsters said that, given the power, they would improve education, followed by access to food, clothing, and shelter. Kids in developed nations listed food, clothing, and shelter as their top priority. In both developing and developed countries, the greatest environmental concern among kids polled was pollution, but those from developing countries were nearly as concerned about natural disasters too. More...
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