Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

connive

Definition:(verb) Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Synonyms:scheme, intrigue
Usage: We had to send that perfectly innocent man to penal servitude for a crime we know he never committed, and it was only afterward that we could connive in a sneakish way at his escape.
Article of the Day

The Swedish Empire

Between 1611 and 1718, the Kingdom of Sweden was one of the great powers of Europe. Sweden first became powerful during the reign of King Gustavus II. Through a war with Russia, he acquired Ingermanland and Karelia. From Poland, he took nearly all of Livonia. By his victories at Breitenfeld and Lützen in the Thirty Years War, Gustavus made Sweden the dominant Protestant power of continental Europe. Its southern provinces were recovered from Denmark in 1660. What brought an end to Sweden's power? More...
This Day in History

UN General Assembly Adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world's most translated document. Among its 30 articles are definitions of civil and political rights, as well as definitions of economic, social, and cultural rights—all of which are owed by UN member states to those under their jurisdiction. Since its adoption, it has acquired more juridical status than originally intended and has been widely used, even by national courts, in what ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Dickinson (1830)

Dickinson is widely considered one of the greatest American poets. After attending Amherst Academy and Mount Holyoke Seminary, she returned to her family home and spent the rest of her life there, writing. By 1860, she was boldly experimenting with language. Few of her poems were published in her lifetime, but after her death, her cache of poems was discovered, and heavily edited collections were published starting in 1890. It was not until what year that an unaltered collection was published? More...
Quotation of the Day
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have the wind up

To be very anxious, upset, or frightened. More...
Today's Holiday

Gita Jayanti (2016)

The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita—a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna—is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast and worship Krishna. Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial." More...
In the News

Ancient Bedding Repelled Insects

If the current bedbug problem has taught us anything, it is that without harsh and often dangerous chemicals, we are at the mercy of many pests. Early humans could perhaps teach us a thing or two about repelling insects. Ancient bedding discovered in a South African cave contained bug-repelling plants that helped the people on them sleep more comfortably. An unintended consequence of these bug-repelling mattresses was that they also helped reduce the transmission of insect-borne diseases. At 77,000 years old, the bedding is 50,000 years older than any previously discovered prehistoric beds. More...
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