Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

prolix

Definition:(adjective) Tediously prolonged; tending to speak or write at excessive length.
Synonyms:voluble, wordy
Usage: She was engaged in editing a prolix manuscript, trying to cut the length by at least a third.
Article of the Day

Mentmore Towers

Mentmore Towers is a large Neo-Renaissance English country house built in the 1850s for Baron Mayer de Rothschild. It was passed down to members of his family until the 1970s, when the government refused to accept the contents of the house in lieu of inheritance taxes, at which point the property was sold at public auction. The house has been featured in what recent films? More...
This Day in History

Liberian President William R. Tolbert Is Killed in Military Coup (1980)

Liberia was founded in the 1820s by former slaves from the US, and tensions between the Americo-Liberian minority and the indigenous majority have persisted since that time. On April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers led by Samuel Kanyon Doe stormed the executive mansion, killing Americo-Liberian President William R. Tolbert and 27 other government leaders. Doe, a member of the ethnic Krahn tribe, then declared himself president. How had a rice scandal seriously undermined Tolbert? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (1940)

Hancock is a jazz and funk pianist, composer, and bandleader who emerged as part of Miles Davis's group in the mid-1960s. An early adopter of electronic instruments, he became involved with funk and disco in the 70s, while continuing to tour with jazz groups, such as that of Wynton Marsalis. He won an Academy Award for his original score of the 1986 film 'Round Midnight and has won 14 Grammys, including "Album of the Year" for a work that paid tribute to what fellow musician? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our friendship may never be perfect. No friendship is. But I hope it will last forever.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

when pigs can fly

At a time that will never come to pass. (Used to show skepticism or cynicism over someone's hypothetical remark.) More...
Today's Holiday

Cosmonauts Day (2017)

On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel in outer space. April 12th was declared Cosmonauts Day in Gagarin's honor. Official ceremonies on this day begin in the Moscow suburb of Korolyov, well known as the center of Russian rocket production, where officials and former cosmonauts lay flowers at a statue of Gagarin. The general public celebrates the day in a less formal manner: some place flowers at statues of Gagarin in various cities, while others attend space-themed art and film exhibitions. More...
In the News

Pluto-Features Naming Campaign Extended to April 24

You still have some time to nominate names for Pluto features that NASA's New Horizons probe will discover during its epic flyby of the dwarf planet this summer. The deadline for the "Our Pluto" naming campaign — a collaboration involving NASA, the ... More...
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