Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

periphrasis

Definition:(noun) A style that involves indirect ways of expressing things.
Synonyms:ambage, circumlocution
Usage: Parents often engage in periphrasis when discussing adult matters in the presence of their children.
Article of the Day

Knitting Revival

The invention of the knitting machine revolutionized the production of knitwear, relegating the art of hand knitting to the realm of non-essential craft. However, it has since become a social activity, and many of today's knitters hold knitting parties and blog about their craft. Knitting is currently experiencing a revival; and between 2002 and 2004, the number of 25- to 35-year-old female knitters in the US reportedly increased 150%. What is one of the earliest known examples of knitting? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Moon Epimetheus Is Discovered (1966)

Epimetheus, a nonspherical body measuring about 89 mi (144 km) by 67 mi (108 km) by 61 mi (98 km), is one of Saturn's 48 confirmed natural satellites. It was discovered in 1966 and photographed in 1980 by the Voyager 1 probe. Epimetheus and another moon, Janus, are co-orbital, meaning that they share nearly the same orbit. About every fourth year, the lower, faster satellite overtakes the other and is boosted into the higher orbit. After what mythological figure is Epimetheus named? More...
Today's Birthday

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1886)

Cobb was one of the greatest offensive players and perhaps the fiercest competitor in baseball history. During his 24-year career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, he set records that would stand for decades, including 892 stolen bases—a feat partly attributed to the brutality with which he used his cleats. Cobb provoked controversy on and off the field but was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936. Which of his records remain unbroken? More...
Quotation of the Day
An American monkey,…after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus was wiser than many men.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

have a gas

To have a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and/or amusing time. More...
Today's Holiday

Niger Republic Day (2016)

On August 3, 1960, Niger gained full independence from France, after having been a colony since 1922. Niger had voted to become a republic on December 18, 1958. August 3 is a national holiday celebrating Independence Day, while December 18 is Republic Day. More...
In the News

University's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm May Help Paralyzed Patients

Researchers have created a mind-controlled robotic arm they believe will help millions of paralyzed patients or those with a neurodegenerative disease. According to a news release, the noninvasive approach uses electroencephalography (EEG) based ... More...
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