Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

malleable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out.
Synonyms:tractile, ductile, pliant, tensile
Usage: I am not very handy with a chisel, so when I sculpt, I prefer to use malleable materials that I can bend and shape as I please.
Article of the Day

Astronomical Transit

An astronomical transit is the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body. Transits are not the same thing as the familiar solar or lunar eclipse. In an eclipse, a large celestial body hides a major part of a smaller body. In an astronomical transit, a small body crosses in front of a larger one. An astronomical transit can involve two planets, but this has not been observed on Earth since 1818. When will the next planetary transit be visible from Earth? More...
This Day in History

First Anglo-Japanese Alliance Signed in London, England (1902)

The First Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed to protect the respective interests of Britain and Japan in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan by discouraging France from entering the Russo-Japanese War on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to join the Allies in World War I. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China. What were the cultural effects of the alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Hazzard (1931)

Hazzard is an Australian novelist and short-story writer who has lived in the US since 1951. She and her husband, writer Francis Steegmuller, were both frequent contributors to The New Yorker magazine. Noted for her lyrical style, she achieved early success with her first story collection, Cliffs of Fall. Her 1980 novel, The Transit of Venus, brought her literary acclaim and a greatly expanded readership. Hazzard did not publish her next novel until 2003. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

Idiom of the Day

house cooling party

A party thrown to commemorate when someone leaves an apartment, flat, or house. More...
Today's Holiday

Duarte Day (2017)

The Monday closest to the birthday of national hero Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-76) is an official day of remembrance in the Dominican Republic. Duarte organized La Trinitaria in 1838, a secret resistance group whose efforts against the Haitian occupiers culminated in the Dominican Republic's declaration of independence in 1844. Dominicans honor Duarte Day with public fiestas in major towns throughout the country. The stateliest ceremony takes place in Independence Park in Santo Domingo, which features Altar de la Patria (the nation's altar), a mausoleum to the nation's heroes. More...
In the News

US Bullying Emergency Room Visits Down

Nowadays, fewer kids are ending up in US emergency rooms as a result of violence in school, but fights with classmates are still responsible for about 100,000 such visits each year. This accounts for about 10 percent of all in-school injuries. These injuries tend to be more severe, with a greater risk of hospitalization than accidental ones. Boys and minority students are the most frequent bullying victims that need emergency medical attention. More...
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