Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

eyestrain

Definition:(noun) A tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem.
Synonyms:asthenopia
Usage: Extended computer use is a common cause of eyestrain.
Article of the Day

Microliths

Found in great numbers across Europe and Asia, microliths are very small blades made of flaked stone. Produced primarily during the Mesolithic Period, or Middle Stone Age, they were probably put to use in hunting and fishing weapons. Some could have been used as sharp tips for projectiles such as spears or arrows, while others may have been set together as teeth on harpoons. How do archaeologists distinguish microliths—which are typically shorter than the tip of a finger—from ordinary rocks? More...
This Day in History

Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

Qatar, located on a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, became a British protectorate in 1916. It remained under British control for more than 50 years, a period during which oil was discovered there and Qatar rapidly modernized. In 1968, Britain declared that it would disengage from the region, and Qatar joined a federation of nearby states. However, disputes arose, and, in 1971, Qatar became an independent state. Prior to the discovery of oil there, Qatar was noted for what unusual industry? More...
Today's Birthday

Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry's mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry's 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Gallows, n.: A stage for the performance of miracle plays, in which the leading actor is translated to heaven.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) final resting place

The location where one's body is interred after death. More...
Today's Holiday

Hatch Chile Festival (2017)

This event pays tribute to the green chili (as it is more commonly spelled outside of New Mexico), New Mexico's state vegetable. The small town of Hatch is the center of the chili-growing industry. At festival time, the aroma of chilis permeates the town, and a marvelous variety of chilis in all forms can be purchased: dried red chilis in ornamental braids called ristras, chili salsa, chili jelly, chili wine, and chili con carne. Besides food, the festival features the crowning of a Green Chile Queen, a skeet shoot, a fiddling contest, a cook-off, and a ristra-making contest. More...
In the News

46-Year-Old Indian Mail Bag Found in French Alps

In 1966, Air India Flight 101 crashed on Mont Blanc in the French Alps while en route to New York. All 117 people on board died in the crash, but something survived: a bag of diplomatic mail. The bag was recently retrieved by a mountain rescue worker after it was reported by a group of tourists who spotted it on a glacier. Indian officials say they plan to recover the bag from French authorities. More...
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