Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

billet

Definition:(verb) Provide housing for (military personnel).
Synonyms:canton, quarter
Usage: The citizens who were forced to billet soldiers in their own private homes were understandably irritated by the imposition.
Article of the Day

The Siachen Glacier

Located 18,875 feet (5,753 m) above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains—between the boundary separating India and Pakistan—the Siachen Glacier is considered the world's highest battlefield. Since India launched a successful military operation there in 1984, thousands of Indian and Pakistani troops have populated the otherwise uninhabited area. However, more soldiers have died from the harsh weather conditions than from combat. What effects has the human presence had on the glacier? More...
This Day in History

Louis XVI of France Is Guillotined (1793)

Louis XVI was the king of France during the complex sociopolitical conflict that culminated in the French Revolution, but he was shy, dull, and corpulent and lacked the leadership skills necessary for the job. During the revolution, he was caught attempting to flee the Tuileries palace in disguise, and when proof of his counterrevolutionary actions emerged, he was tried for treason and beheaded. It is said that while his blood dripped to the ground, many in the crowd ran forward to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

John Bodkin Adams (1899)

Adams was an Irish-born British physician suspected of having been a serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients, many of them elderly, died under suspicious circumstances—most leaving him money or items in their wills. He was tried for the murder of one patient but was acquitted. He was later convicted of other crimes, but never murder. A 2000 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that Adams may have been the role model for what other serial-killer doctor? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (Dominican Republic) (2017)

A cloth painting of the Virgin Mary is the focus of a yearly celebration in the Dominican Republic. It was painted by a Spanish artist and brought to the island nation in the early 1500s. The portrait, crowned by a gold and silver tiara by Pope John Paul II in 1978, is located in a basilica in the city of Higuey, in the Altagracia province. Every year on January 21, thousands of pilgrims visit the Higuey cathedral to worship. The feast day is a national holiday; it is marked by all-night church services, singing, dancing, and festivals in many Dominican towns. More...
In the News

Google Developing Glucose Monitor for the Eyes

Diabetics' fingers may soon get a reprieve. Google is testing a prototype "smart contact lens" that can measure glucose levels in tears, thereby eliminating the need to repeatedly prick one's fingers to test blood-sugar levels. The lens is able to generate a reading every second, effectively providing constant monitoring. The developers are also considering embedding in the lenses tiny LEDs that would light up as an alert that the wearer's glucose has crossed a certain threshold. More...
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