Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

splenic

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the spleen.
Synonyms:lienal
Usage: Julian was overjoyed as his doctor explained that his splenic tumor had gone into remission.
Article of the Day

Ocher

Among the earliest pigments used by mankind, ocher has a yellow-orange to orange color and is made of varying proportions of iron oxide and clay. The world's first known works of art, found in South Africa’s Blombos Cave and dated to 75,000 years ago, consist of ocher pieces engraved with abstract designs, and Cro-Magnon artists living about 10,000 to 40,000 years ago used ocher in their cave paintings. The 2nd-century BCE Egyptian Ebers Papyrus lists what non-artistic use for ocher? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)

The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? More...
Today's Birthday

John Jay (1745)

Though Jay initially deplored the growing conflict between Britain and its American colonies, he became a staunch supporter of the revolution once it began. He was heavily involved in early US government and urged ratification of the Constitution. He served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, among other posts. Today considered one of the "Founding Fathers," Jay once joked that he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies after he had done what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

lead nowhere

To ultimately yield or achieve no useful, beneficial, or successful result or outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (United States) (2017)

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated by Roman Catholics in the southwestern United States, where the Spanish influence is still strong. At the pueblo just north of Taos, New Mexico, there is an impressive torchlight procession on December 12. At the Jemez Pueblo, matachines (clowns or buffoons) perform a variety of ceremonial dances. At churches and plazas throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, such traditional Native American dances as the arc and arrow, gourd, braid, feather, palm, owl, and snake dances are performed on this day. More...
In the News

Just How Much Sugar Is in that Kids' Cereal?

Many parents would shudder at the idea of giving their kids cookies or Twinkies for breakfast, but if they believe that allowing them to have certain sugary cereals is any better, they should think again. A study of breakfast cereals found that 44 varieties contain more sugar in a one-cup serving than three Chips Ahoy! cookies and that a few contain more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. The worst offender, Kellogg's Honey Smacks, was found to be nearly 56 percent sugar by weight. More...
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