Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

veiling

Definition:(noun) Sheer material, such as gauze or fine lace, used for veils.
Synonyms:netting, gauze
Usage: The seamstress attached a lace trim to the veiling, so that it would match the bride's dress.
Article of the Day

The Poppy

The poppy family is composed chiefly of herbs from the Northern Hemisphere that have characteristic milky or colored sap. Most species are native to the Old World, and many are cultivated in gardens for their brilliantly colored, if short-lived, blossoms. The opium poppy is grown for its opium as well as for its seeds for cooking and baking. The poppy has been the symbol of the dead and of sleep since antiquity. In many countries, the poppy is worn to commemorate what holiday? More...
This Day in History

King Macbeth Is Killed (1057)

Macbeth was originally a governor and military commander under Scottish King Duncan I, whose ancestors had seized power from the ancestors of Macbeth's wife. Macbeth ascended to the throne by killing Duncan in battle in 1040 and ruled Scotland for the next 18 years. In 1057, Macbeth was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan by Duncan's son Malcolm. Malcolm was crowned king the following year. Is Shakespeare's famous tragedy about Macbeth historically accurate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Walter Scott (1771)

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is widely regarded as both the inventor of the historical novel and one of the genre's greatest writers. His extremely popular "Waverley" series consists of more than two dozen romances of Scottish life. The first, published in 1814, was an immediate success, yet Scott continued to write anonymously until 1827. In 1825, his business nearly failed. By what means did he attempt to stave off bankruptcy, eventually achieving financial solvency after his own death? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

be knocking on heaven's door

To be dying; to be approaching or very close to death (i.e., about to be admitted into the afterlife). More...
Today's Holiday

Korea Liberation Day (2017)

This Korean holiday commemorates the surrender of Japan to the Allies in 1945, liberating Korea from Japan's 35-year occupation. The day also commemorates the formal proclamation of the Republic of Korea in South Korea in 1948, but it is a national holiday in both Koreas. More...
In the News

Scientists Researching Brain Disorders Create Super-Clever Mice

Scientists have genetically modified mice to be super-intelligent and found they are also less anxious, a discovery that may help the search for treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers ... More...
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