Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

corpulent

Definition:(adjective) Excessively fat.
Synonyms:obese, rotund, weighty
Usage: His rather corpulent figure betrayed his self-indulgent lifestyle.
Article of the Day

The Eight Immortals

In Chinese mythology, the Eight Immortals are a group of diverse and legendary figures, each of whom possesses a powerful talisman that can be used to perform magic. They are frequently referenced in Chinese art and culture—either individually or as a group—and are revered in the Taoist faith. They are often depicted in the company of other deities. What Chinese proverb was inspired by the story of the Eight Immortals crossing a sea to attend the Conference of the Magical Peach? More...
This Day in History

The Treaty of New Echota Is Signed (1835)

In 1835, a minority faction of the Cherokee tribe signed the Treaty of New Echota, which bound the entire tribe to move beyond the Mississippi River within three years. Although the Cherokee overwhelmingly repudiated the document and the US Supreme Court upheld the nation's autonomy, the state of Georgia forced their removal through military action. President Andrew Jackson refused to intervene, and thousands died on the march, known as the "Trail of Tears." To where did they march? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Tyler Moore (1936)

Although she began her career as a dancer, Moore's success came from her TV roles, first as the secretary on Richard Diamond, Private Detective and then as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She is best known, however, as the star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the most popular sitcom of the 1970s and the first show to center on a happily unmarried career woman. Over the years, she has won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. What film role earned her an Oscar nomination? More...
Quotation of the Day
Riot, n.: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. More...
Today's Holiday

Cali Fair (2016)

The rich cultural identity of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, has been celebrated each year since 1957 at the Cali Fair. The Fair is a major event that draws thousands of local residents and tourists from around the world. There are numerous artisans selling their crafts, street performers, and other forms of entertainment. A Bullfighting Festival is also part of the celebration, and a salsa marathon is one of many dance events held each year. It is said that during Fair time, Cali is the home of the best salsa dancing in the world. More...
In the News

New Evidence in Ancient Assassination

Egyptologists are a few steps closer to solving the mystery of Pharaoh Ramses III's death thanks to modern technology. Ancient papyrus documents describe an assassination plot hatched by one of the pharaoh's wives and detail the punishments meted out to the conspirators, but they do not address whether the plot succeeded. Previous examinations of the pharaoh's mummified remains yielded few clues regarding his cause of death, but new CT scans of the mummy's bandage-covered throat show that it had been slit, suggesting that the pharaoh was indeed assassinated. More...
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