Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 8, 2011)
Word of the Day

round-shouldered

Definition:(adjective) Denoting a faulty posture characterized by drooping shoulders and a slight forward bending of the back.
Synonyms:hunched, stooped, crooked
Usage: I remember those girls merely as faces in the schoolroom,...cut off below the shoulders...by the ink-smeared tops of the high desks that were surely put there to make us round-shouldered and hollow-chested.
Article of the Day

Hadrian's Wall

Stretching 73.5 mi (118.3 km), Hadrian's Wall was an ancient Roman wall built in Britain. Constructed mainly in the 2nd century CE under Emperor Hadrian, it guarded the northwestern frontier of the province from Celtic and other invaders. Fragments of the wall, 6 ft (1.8 m) high and 8 ft (2.4 m) thick, and many of its mile stations are still extant and are some of the largest and most significant remains of the Roman occupation. What other wall was built by the Romans in Britain? More...
This Day in History

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Is Signed (1987)

Signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty represented a historic shift in superpower relations. The first treaty to mandate a reduction in stockpiled weapons rather than just a limit on them, it required the destruction of 1,752 Soviet and 859 US missiles. Though the agreement has been upheld by some Soviet successor states, Russian President Vladimir Putin said what about the treaty in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Rivera (1886)

Rivera was a Mexican mural painter. In Europe, he was influenced by the paintings of El Greco and Goya and closely associated with Cézanne and Picasso. Convinced that his art belonged to the populace and should be displayed in public spaces, he returned to Mexico in 1921 and painted, with the assistance of younger artists, large murals dealing with the life, history, and social problems of Mexico. He later completed several murals in the US. Rivera was twice married to what famous artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

last burst of fire

A final effort or attempt, especially as before failure or defeat. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Beaches (Día de las Playas) (2017)

In Uruguay, December 8 is known as the Day of the Beaches because it marks the official opening of the beach season on the coast known as the "Uruguayan Riviera." There are ceremonies in which a priest blesses the waters, sailing regattas, horseback riding competitions, and an international shooting contest at Carrasco. Sometimes this day is referred to as Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day. More...
In the News

1 in 10 US Teens and Preteens Sexting

According to a recent study, far fewer US teens are sexting—sending or receiving sexually explicit text messages—than previously thought. Just 10 percent of minors ages 10 to 17 reported appearing in, creating, or receiving sexually suggestive images, and even fewer said that they had taken, appeared in, or received photos featuring explicit nudity. While the findings are something of a relief to worried parents, experts say it is still important for parents to monitor their kids and talk to them about the potential repercussions of sexting, such as being criminally prosecuted for child pornography. More...
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