Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

smarmy

Definition:(adjective) Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest.
Synonyms:fulsome, oleaginous, unctuous
Usage: His smarmy speech left no doubt that he actually felt superior to those he was meant to be praising.
Article of the Day

Chameleons

Chameleons have laterally flattened bodies and bulging, independently rotating eyes. They are variously ornamented with crests, horns, and spines. They feed chiefly on insects and are unique among lizards in possessing long, sticky tongues with which they capture their prey. Their changes in skin color are under hormonal and nervous control and are not affected by the color of the background but by stimuli such as light, temperature, and emotion. "Chameleon" is derived from what Greek words? More...
This Day in History

Grand National Assembly of Turkey Is Founded (1920)

The treaty negotiated between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI liquidated the Ottoman Empire and virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty, but nationalists under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk were committed to establishing a sovereign Turkish state. During the struggle for independence, Atatürk pushed for the creation of a national assembly, which declared itself the supreme governing power when convened in 1920. When did it formally declare the sovereignty of Turkey? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Planck (1858)

Planck was an influential German physicist whose work on black body radiation earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He also discovered the elementary quantum of action, now known as Planck's constant. As the influential president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, he denounced Hitler's persecution of Jewish scientists and resigned in protest in 1937. Tragically, four of Planck's five children died before he did. One of his sons was executed after being implicated in what plot? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

hold (someone) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to someone in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Holocaust Memorial Day (Israel) (2017)

Holocaust Memorial Day, or Yom ha-Shoah, was established by Israel's Knesset (parliament) as a memorial to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, the day on which Allied troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, in 1945. It is a commemoration that is observed by many non-Jewish people around the world. More...
In the News

What Does 170-Year-Old Champagne Taste Like?

Researchers have uncovered a shipwrecked trove of sugary, 19th century champagne and have revealed new details about centuries-old ways of making wine. The shipwreck... More...
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