Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 15, 2014)
Word of the Day

feign

Definition:(verb) To give a false appearance of.
Synonyms:sham, simulate, assume
Usage: When confronted about the crime, the suspect feigned ignorance of even the most general details.
Article of the Day

Marcasite

Marcasite looks like and even has the same chemical formula as pyrite, or "fool's gold," but it is a separate and much less common mineral. Marcasite is paler in color, becomes darker upon oxidation, and is more apt to crumble than pyrite. Its tendency to break down makes it a poor choice for use in jewelry, so pyrite is actually used in its stead but is referred to as "marcasite" in this context. What is "pyrite decay," and how does it affect marcasite? More...
This Day in History

Pierre Laval Is Executed for Treason (1945)

In 1942, Laval, a French politician who had advocated collaboration with Nazi Germany, came to power. His government drafted laborers for German factories, cooperated in the deportation of Jews to death camps, and instituted a rule of terror. After France was liberated by the Allies, Laval fled. He was eventually captured and returned to France, where he was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. How did Laval attempt to change his fate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)

Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be like oil and water

To be incompatible or unable to interact or coexist easily, as due to fundamental differences in personality, opinions, beliefs, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Tucson Meet Yourself Festival (2017)

The annual folk and ethnic festival known as Tucson Meet Yourself has been held in Tucson, Arizona, since 1974. Designed to promote southern Arizona's wide mix of cultures, the festival features formal presentations of traditional music and dance, demonstrations by folk artists and craftspeople, and workshops in which various experts on ethnic customs and traditions hold informal discussions, give lessons, and organize games. Food, however, is the festival's primary attraction, giving the festival the well-earned nickname of "Tucson Eat Yourself." More...
In the News

Dopers Gain Long-Term Advantage

In many sports, athletes caught doping are slapped with suspensions, presumably to both penalize them and allow time for the effects of the drugs to wear off. However, new research suggests that these athletes could still be benefitting from past use of performance-e nhancing drugs long after they have been allowed to return to competition. Some of the physiological changes triggered by anabolic steroid use appear to persist for decades, giving those who have used such drugs a long-term, perhaps even lifelong, advantage over their competitors. More...
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