Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

behemoth

Definition:(noun) Someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful.
Synonyms:colossus, goliath, monster, giant
Usage: Little Nick was surprisingly excited as the trainers lifted him onto the elephant, and he showed no fear as he rode the behemoth around the ring.
Article of the Day

Baalbek

Located in modern-day Lebanon, Baalbek is an ancient city noted for its extensive ruins. The city was identified with the worship of the Phoenician sun god Baal and called Heliopolis—city of the sun—by the Greeks. It became a Roman colony under Augustus, and work began there on some of the largest temples in the Roman Empire. It was later sacked by invaders and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1759. In the 6th century, eight columns were disassembled and sent to Constantinople for what purpose? More...
This Day in History

Colombia Declares Independence from Spain (1810)

From the 16th century, present-day Colombia formed the nucleus of the region that Spanish conquistadors called New Granada. In the early 1800s, people like Antonio Nariño began agitating for independence. A prominent early revolutionary leader, Nariño helped foment rebellion by distributing The Declaration of the Rights of Man to his countrymen. Parts of Colombia threw off Spanish jurisdiction in 1810, but full independence was not secured until nine years later, under what famous revolutionary? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander the Great (356 BCE)

The son of Philip II of Macedon, Alexander was tutored by Aristotle and became king at 20. One of the greatest generals in ancient history, he conquered much of Greece and Persia before his troops mutinied at the prospect of having to sack India as well. At the age of 33, he died of a fever on his way home after more than a decade of conquest. His empire was the greatest that had existed until that time and spread Hellenism far and wide. What city did Alexander name after his horse? More...
Quotation of the Day
I dare say I am compelled, unconsciously compelled, now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea, voyage after voyage. Leaves must follow upon each other as leagues used to follow in the days gone by, on and on to the appointed end, which, being truth itself, is one—one for all men and for all occupations.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

Jill of all trades(, master of none)

A woman who is skilled in or adept at a wide variety of tasks or abilities (i.e., the female equivalent of "Jack of all trades"). If used with "master of none," it implies that while competent in a variety things, she is not highly skilled in a particular one. More...
Today's Holiday

Moon Day (2017)

The first man to walk on the moon was American astronaut Neil Armstrong. On July 20, 1969, he and his fellow astronaut, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, left the command module and landed the lunar module Eagle on the moon's Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong's first words as he stepped out on the lunar surface were heard by an estimated 600 million viewers: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." The Apollo 11 mission was completed eight years after President John F. Kennedy told Congress he believed that the United States could put a man on the moon before the decade ended. More...
In the News

Abuse-Resistant OxyContin Linked to Heroin Use

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem around the globe, and pharmaceutical companies are among those trying to combat this trend. In 2010, Purdue Pharma reformulated its pain-killing opiate OxyContin to make it resistant to tampering and more difficult to abuse. This has had the desired effect, lessening the drug's appeal for addicts, but it unfortunately has not pushed them to get clean, as had been hoped. Instead, many former OxyContin abusers began using other opioids, most commonly heroin, to get high. More...
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