Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

hamartia

Definition:(noun) The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.
Synonyms:tragic flaw
Usage: Many a noble literary character has been brought low by his hamartia.
Article of the Day

Fire Mountain

Azerbaijan's reputation as the "Land of Fire" is quite literal—the earth in the northwestern Asian nation is so rich in oil and natural gas that cracks or vents in the ground sometimes spontaneously emit flames. Fire Mountain, called Yanar Dag in Azerbaijani, is one such place. Located not far from the capital city of Baku, it has become a tourist attraction due to the large flames that continuously shoot out of the hillside. How is Azerbaijan's geology related to Zoroastrianism? More...
This Day in History

The Arab League Is Founded (1945)

The League of Arab States was formed in 1945 to give unified political expression to Arab nations and to foster the regional economy. It originally consisted of seven member states and has since grown to include 22. Member states collaborate on cultural, economic, and social programs and have agreed to coordinate military defense measures. They also use the league as a forum for mediating disputes. Where is the Arab League's headquarters located? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599)

Apprenticed to a Flemish painter at age 10, van Dyck soon came under the influence of master painter Peter Paul Rubens. In 1632, he was invited by Charles I to England, where he was made court painter and knighted. Overwhelmed with commissions, van Dyck employed a team of assistants to help complete his portraits, many of which can be seen in the Louvre, the Museo del Prado, and Buckingham Palace. His works influenced generations of portraitists. What king employed van Dyck before Charles I did? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone's) number on it

To be considered the agent or instrument of one's fate, especially leading to death. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2017)

In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
In the News

Noise in Nature Changing Landscape

Sonar technology, which uses sound waves to detect objects underwater, has been linked to strandings of whales and dolphins, but researchers say that man-made noise disrupts more than just sea life. The effects of noise pollution, they say, extend across entire ecosystems. Industrial noise in forests appears to make it difficult for predators that rely on sound to hunt and to affect the behavior of creatures involved in pollination and seed dispersal. Over time, these changes could mean fewer trees and plants, which would invariably impact the creatures that rely on them for survival. More...
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