Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 11, 2013)
Word of the Day

barbate

Definition:(adjective) Having hair on the cheeks and chin.
Synonyms:bearded, whiskered
Usage: I returned from the camping trip malodorous and barbate, in desperate need of a shower and a shave.
Article of the Day

Human Vestigiality

Thanks to evolution, humans have a number of anatomical structures that today have little or no use. Along with vestigial features such as wisdom teeth and the tail bone—which are thought to hearken back to a time when our ancestors consumed lots of raw plants and balanced with their tails—there are also vestigial reflexes. One example is goose bumps, which would raise our fur, if we still had it, and make us seem more menacing. What purpose might the appendix, long considered vestigial, serve? More...
This Day in History

Lateran Treaty Signed Between Italy and the Vatican (1929)

The Lateran Treaty ended the political dispute between the Italian government and the Papacy that began when Italy took Rome as its capital in 1871 and limited papal sovereignty to just a few buildings. The treaty created Vatican City and gave the Holy See sovereignty there. Though Italy was under fascist control when the treaty was signed, successive governments have upheld the agreement. The Lateran Treaty established Roman Catholicism as the state religion of Italy. When did this change? More...
Today's Birthday

Leo Szilard (1898)

Szilard was a Hungarian-American nuclear physicist who, after immigrating to America from Nazi Germany, was instrumental in the development of nuclear weapons. Working with Enrico Fermi, he developed the first self-sustained nuclear reactor based on uranium fission. He was one of the first to realize that nuclear chain reactions could be used in bombs and, in 1939, helped to establish the Manhattan Project. Later he protested nuclear warfare and decided to study what instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

all the difference in the world

The greatest degree of difference that is possible or conceivable. Without the verbs "mean" or "make," it is used to compare two disparate things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Sarkis's Day (2017)

In Armenia, St. Sarkis is associated with predictions about love and romance. It is customary for young lovers to put out crumbs for birds and watch to see which way the birds fly off, for it is believed that their future spouse will come from the same direction. It is also traditional to leave some pokhint—a dish made of flour, butter, and honey—outside the door on St. Sarkis's Day. According to legend, when St. Sarkis was battling the Georgians, the roasted wheat in his pocket miraculously turned into pokhint. More...
In the News

Horsemeat "Beef" Lasagna Recalled

Frozen-food maker Findus UK has become the latest in a string of European food producers to have its beef products exposed as horsemeat. This has led to widespread recalls of a number of its beef lasagna products. Two other supermarket chains using the same French supplier as Findus also pulled some of their beef products from store shelves after similar concerns were raised. This was not, as one might hope, an isolated incident. Not long ago, the Irish meat-processing industry was hit with a similar scandal. In light of recent events, UK regulators are launching a nationwide survey of beef products to ensure that they are being properly labeled. More...
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