Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 12, 2013)
Word of the Day

frumpish

Definition:(adjective) Primly out of date.
Synonyms:dowdy
Usage: One look around the room was enough to know that my frumpish attire was out of place in this sea of little black dresses and stiletto heels.
Article of the Day

Umar ibn al-Khattab

After serving as an adviser to Muhammad, Umar succeeded Abu Bakr as caliph of Islam in 634 CE. During his 10-year reign, Islam became an imperial power, with conquests in Syria, Egypt, and the Persian Empire. Umar further laid the administrative base of the empire and reopened the canals of Mesopotamia and the waterway from the Nile to the Red Sea. Before he converted, Umar was hostile to Islam and had in fact plotted to kill Muhammad. Ultimately, however, it was he who was assassinated—by whom? More...
This Day in History

Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have the world by the tail

To be very successful, contented, and happy in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamhuri Day (2016)

The biggest of the national holidays in Kenya, Jamhuri is observed to commemorate the full independence of Kenya from the British in 1963. A year later, the country became a republic with Jomo Kenyatta (c. 1894-1978) as the first president. The day is celebrated nationwide but with special events in Nairobi: speeches by the president and other officials, parades, fireworks, and ngomas (dances) performed in public plazas. More...
In the News

Uruguay Legalizes Marijuana

In recent years, various countries have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana for certain uses and in certain quantities, but none has gone so far as Uruguay, which on Tuesday became the first country in the world to legalize the growing, sale, and smoking of marijuana. When the law goes into effect in a few months, Uruguayans above the age of 18 will be allowed to buy as much as 1.4 ounces (40 grams) of the drug per month from licensed pharmacies. The law also permits residents to grow six marijuana plants in their homes each year and to organize clubs that may grow up to 99 plants per year. More...
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