Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

camisole

Definition:(noun) A short, sleeveless undergarment for women.
Synonyms:underbodice
Usage: The beautiful dress was made out of a sheer fabric, so Nina wore a camisole underneath it.
Article of the Day

The Yangtze River

Known in China as Chang Jiang, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. Originating in a mountain glacier on the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau, the river flows eastward and meets up with the East China Sea at Shanghai. Heavily traveled and highly polluted, the Yangtze is home to at least two endangered species: the Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Paddlefish. What animal was reportedly seen in the river after its species was declared extinct in 2006? More...
This Day in History

The Green March Begins (1975)

Extremely arid and almost entirely sand and gravel, the sparsely populated territory of Western Sahara was a protectorate of Spain until the 1970s. Despite internal calls for independence, the king of neighboring Morocco led a march of more than 300,000 unarmed Moroccans into the territory as a show of support for annexation. Known as the Green March, the mass demonstration led to Spanish withdrawal, but control of the region is still contested. What other group claims the territory? More...
Today's Birthday

Joanna the Mad (1479)

Joanna was the first queen regnant of both Castile and Aragon, which would become modern Spain. Though Joanna likely suffered from depression, the extent of her mental illness may have been exaggerated for political reasons. Throughout much of Joanna's reign, her father, husband, and son vied for power, each ruling on her behalf by attesting to her insanity. Joanna remained confined for much of her life. How old was she when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

a little leery

Cautious, wary, or uncertain of a given person, place, or thing. More...
Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2017)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden (1611-32) who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
In the News

A 49000 Year Old Human Settlement Has Been Discovered in Australia

Who (or what) killed the giant wombat? Scientists in Australia may have finally found the long debated answer—and of course, it might be humans. The arrival of humans in Australia is estimated to have occurred around 50,000 years ago, but firm dates ... More...
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