Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 07, 2014)
Word of the Day

underscore

Definition:(verb) Give extra weight to (a communication).
Synonyms:emphasize
Usage: When I gave my son permission to attend the party, I made sure to underscore my willingness to ground him for life should he let a mere drop of alcohol touch his lips.
Article of the Day

Pyrophoricity

"Pyrophoric" comes from the Greek word for "fire-bearing"—purophoros—and describes substances, such as uranium or iron sulfide, that are highly reactive and ignite spontaneously when exposed to air or even, strange as it sounds, to water. Though it may seem like they should be handled only in controlled environments, pyrophoric alloys are used to produce the spark in a very common household item: the automatic lighter. What special equipment is needed to put out a pyrophoric fire? More...
This Day in History

Émile Zola Is Put on Trial for Publishing "J'Accuse" (1898)

A Jewish officer in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus was falsely convicted of treason in 1894. When officers discovered that the evidence against Dreyfus was false—and that he was most likely a victim of anti-Semitism—they covered it up. Writer Émile Zola exposed the scandal by publishing in a newspaper an open letter titled "J'accuse." Zola was tried and convicted of criminal libel but fled the country, which was divided by the scandal. What happened to Dreyfus and Zola? More...
Today's Birthday

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867)

Wilder was the American author of a classic series of children's books based on her childhood. Born in Wisconsin after the Civil War, she traveled with her pioneer family throughout the Midwest by covered wagon for years before settling in the Dakota Territory. As a farmer and mother she struggled for years. Her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods was not published until 1932, when she was 65. How many of her books, which spawned a popular TV show, were published after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Idiom of the Day

hunt where the ducks are

To pursue or look for one's objectives, results, or goals in the place where one is most likely to find them. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Independence Day (2017)

This is a national holiday commemorating Grenada's independence from Britain on this day in 1974. Britain had held the island since the 18th century, when France ceded it under the Treaty of Paris. More...
In the News

Turn Down the Thermostat to Trim the Waistline

A number of factors have been blamed for the obesity crisis gripping much of the industrialized world, and now researchers are adding indoor heating to the list. They say that heated buildings eliminate the need for the body to expend energy in order to keep warm, thereby reducing daily caloric burn. Other experts disagree, saying that cooler temperatures increase appetite, counteracting any caloric burn with an increased caloric intake. There is also some indication that cold indoor temperatures increase the risk of a stroke. More...
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