Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

begrudge

Definition:(verb) To envy the possession or enjoyment of.
Synonyms:envy
Usage: I begrudge him his success.
Article of the Day

Madeline

Madeline is a children's book series created by Austrian author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book in the series, just called Madeline, was published in 1939, and was followed by several sequels. The books chronicle spunky, red-haired Madeline's daily adventures at a Parisian boarding school—including taking in a dog and having her appendix removed—while her teacher Miss Clavel tries to keep her in line. What are Madeline's famous opening lines? More...
This Day in History

The Hagia Sophia Is Completed (537 CE)

Distinguished by its size and rising succession of domes, the Hagia Sophia is the supreme masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. First a church, later a mosque, and now a museum, it was designed under Justinian I by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus and completed in less than six years. Its combination of a longitudinal basilica with a main building was wholly original in the sixth century, as was its use of pendentives. The Hagia Sophia stands on the site of what earlier structure? More...
Today's Birthday

Marlene Dietrich (1901)

Dietrich was a German actress and singer. Abandoning an early ambition to be a violinist, she turned to acting and gained international attention as a femme fatale in The Blue Angel (1930). She then moved to Hollywood, where she starred in a series of films that established her glamorous and sophisticated persona. Resisting Nazi pressure to return to Germany, she became a US citizen in 1939. During WWII, she regularly entertained Allied troops, appearing before them how many times? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Idiom of the Day

here you are

Here is what you needed or asked for; I present this to you. More...
Today's Holiday

Dian Fossey Day (2016)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her gravesite. More...
In the News

Adding an Apple a Day Could Prevent Thousands of Deaths

Researchers say people should pay heed to the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Ninety percent of adults eat at least one portion of fruit every day, but less than a third actually get the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Adding just one apple, or a serving of any fruit or vegetable, to one's daily diet could have significant health implications. According to the researchers' calculations, if every adult in the UK increased his or her daily consumption of fruits and vegetables by one serving, 11,000 deaths due to vascular issues could be avoided each year. More...
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