Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

acquittance

Definition:(noun) A written release from an obligation, specifically a receipt indicating payment in full.
Synonyms:release
Usage: After years of haggling over debts and money owed, the two men resolved their dispute and drew up an acquittance.
Article of the Day

The Boomerang

The boomerang is a sickle-shaped throwing stick used mainly by the Aborigines of Australia. Its arms are slightly curved, and when it is thrown, the boomerang generally follows an arc-shaped trajectory. Recreational boomerangs often travel along a circular path and return to the thrower, but other, larger versions do not return and are used in hunting and warfare. What famous king owned a collection of boomerangs more than 3,000 years ago? 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
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Startling Number of Kids Diagnosed with Psychological Disorders

One in seven American children aged 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report. Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, looking for ... More...
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