Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 17, 2011)
Word of the Day

blackguard

Definition:(noun) Someone who is morally reprehensible.
Synonyms:bounder, cad, hound, heel, dog
Usage: There, you low blackguard, that will teach you to be impertinent to a lady.
Article of the Day

Qanats

Known by many names throughout the Middle East and North Africa, qanats are water management systems used to provide water to human settlements and for irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. Qanats are constructed as a series of well-like vertical shafts that tap into subterranean water and are connected by a gently sloping tunnel. Since the destination is lower than the source, the water drains into it by gravity. How were qanats used in ancient times to store ice in the desert? More...
This Day in History

Last French Troops Leave Syria (1946)

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end? More...
Today's Birthday

Artur Schnabel (1882)

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven's piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Boston Marathon (2017)

The oldest footrace in the United States was first held on Patriots' Day, April 19, 1897. Organized by members of the Boston Athletic Association, the race involved only 15 runners. Nowadays the Boston Marathon draws anywhere from 7,000 to more than 9,000 official starters. The 26.2-mile course begins exactly at noon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, includes the infamous "Heartbreak Hill" (a section of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, that marks the race's 21st mile), and ends near Copley Square in the Back Bay Area. More...
In the News

Home Safety Products Prevent Injuries in Children

Stair gates, cabinet locks, smoke detectors, and other home safety products significantly reduce injury rates in young children. Researchers inspected the homes of hundreds of expectant mothers for potential hazards, discussed safety products with them, and installed all products the families agreed to when their babies were about 6 months old. Over the next two years, the children living in houses where those products had been installed were much less likely to need medical care due to a preventable injury in the home. More...
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