Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

lachrymator

Definition:(noun) A gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds.
Synonyms:teargas
Usage: When the demonstration turned violent, the police used a potent lachrymator to disperse the mob.
Article of the Day

Chives

Chives grow wild throughout most of the northern hemisphere, forming perennial clumps about 5 in (12 cm) high. Chives consist of an underground bulb, long hollow tubular leaves, and globe-shaped purple flower heads. They are the mildest and smallest member of the onion family and lack the bitterness of raw onions. Their leaves are often used as a garnish for salads or to flavor foods such as fish, potatoes, and soup. What effect does eating chives have on the circulatory system? More...
This Day in History

General George Washington Crosses the Delaware in a Surprise Attack (1776)

By December 1776, the morale of American colonists fighting in the Revolution had been severely weakened by a string of losses to the better-equipped British. On Christmas Day, Washington crossed the partially-frozen Delaware River with thousands of troops, overnight and during an ice storm, to surprise and overwhelm Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. There were few casualties, and the bold move restored hope of an American victory. What secret phrase signaled the start of the crossing? More...
Today's Birthday

Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887)

As a boy, Hilton helped his father turn the family's home into an inn for traveling salesmen. After serving in World War I, he began to buy hotels in Texas and soon graduated to such grand establishments as Chicago's Palmer House and the Waldorf-Astoria of New York. By the late 1940s, Hilton's company had expanded overseas. At the time of his death in 1979, Hilton controlled the world's largest hotel company. What did Hilton's mother tell him was the best investment he would ever make? More...
Quotation of the Day
Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

like there were no tomorrow

Very rapidly and eagerly; without restraint or thought (i.e., as if there won't be another opportunity, so one must do something as much or as quickly as possible). More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (South Africa) (2017)

Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a summer holiday. The tinsel and evergreen boughs that decorate homes, churches, parks, and shopping malls offer a stark contrast to the weather. But Christmas traditions persist: children hang up their stockings in anticipation of the arrival of Father Christmas, carolers sing by candlelight on Christmas Eve, and Christmas pageants are performed. For South Africans Christmas is a day for feasting and exchanging gifts. It marks the culmination of a Carnival-like week of singing, dancing, and eating. More...
In the News

Are Those Geysers on Saturn's Moon Running out of Steam?

The famous geysers on Saturn's icy, ocean-harboring moon Enceladus aren't what they used to be. The geysers, which blast material from Enceladus' subsurface ocean into space from the moon's south polar region, were first spotted by NASA's Saturn-orbiting ... More...
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