Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

careen

Definition:(verb) Move sideways or in an unsteady way.
Synonyms:wobble, tilt, shift
Usage: The ship careened out of control in the storm.
Article of the Day

The Inscription of Behistun

Carved about 328 ft (100 m) up the face of a cliff in Iran's Kermanshah Province, the Behistun Inscription recounts the reign of Darius I of Persia in 3 cuneiform languages: Old Persian, Susian, and Assyrian. The decipherment of these 6th century BCE inscriptions provided scholars with the key to cuneiform script, becoming to cuneiform what the Rosetta Stone is to Egyptian hieroglyphs. How were 19th-century scholars able to copy the inscription? 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
To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions—there we have none.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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

Supermoons and Other Moons That Are Super in Their Own Ways

Shrug off the supermoon. From time to time, the full moon makes a close approach to Earth. But to the casual observer, it probably won't look much different from a regular full moon. Yet headlines heralding supermoons as some sort of don't-miss spectacle can ... More...
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