Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 05, 2013)
Word of the Day

farsightedness

Definition:(noun) Seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing.
Synonyms:prospicience, prevision
Usage: Felicia has an uncommon farsightedness when it comes to the stock market and has made millions with her investments.
Article of the Day

Checkpoint Charlie

From 1961 until 1990, Checkpoint Charlie served as the main crossing point for Western personnel leaving West Berlin to enter the Soviet East. Necessitated by the building of the Berlin Wall in an effort to stop an exodus of defectors, the checkpoint became a symbol of a divided Berlin. The Allied side consisted of little more than a temporary hut and a now-iconic sign that read, in four languages, "You are leaving the American sector." What chilling 1962 incident sparked protests there? More...
This Day in History

Construction Begins on California's Golden Gate Bridge (1933)

For 27 years after its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest main span in the world, stretching 4,200 ft (1,280 m). Its four-year construction, supervised by chief engineer Joseph B. Strauss, faced many difficulties, including rapidly running tides, frequent storms and fogs, and the problem of blasting rock under deep water to plant earthquake-resistant foundations. Considered a modern wonder, the bridge spans the Golden Gate, a strait that links what two bodies of water? More...
Today's Birthday

Shah Jahan (1592)

Shah Jahan succeeded to the throne of India's Mughal Empire in 1628 and ruled for 30 years. His reign was notable for its successes against the Deccan states. Though attempts to reconquer lost territory almost bankrupted the empire, his reign marked the zenith of Mughal court splendor and ushered in the golden age of Mughal art and architecture. Considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal was built in memory of his beloved wife. Who deposed and imprisoned him in 1658? More...
Quotation of the Day
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. More...
Today's Holiday

Befana Festival (2017)

Sometimes referred to simply as La Befana, this is the Twelfth Night festival in Italy where the Befana, a kindly witch, plays much the same role that Santa Claus plays in the United States. The festival begins on Epiphany Eve, when the Befana is supposed to come down the chimney on her broom to leave gifts in children's stockings. In Rome, the Piazza Navona is thronged with children and their parents, who shop for toys and exchange greetings. Bands of young people march around, blowing on cardboard trumpets, and the noise level in the square can be deafening. More...
In the News

Malala Yousafzai Leaves the Hospital

The Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has finally been discharged from the hospital and will continue her recovery at her family's temporary residence in England. Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and chest in early October and was flown to the UK for treatment a week later. The attack sparked international outrage and condemnation, as well as an outpouring of support for the brave girl and her family. This has been a happy week for the Yousafzais. On Wednesday, the Pakistani government announced that Malala's father had been given a diplomatic post in England, enabling him and his family to remain there for at least the next three years. More...
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