Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

haversack

Definition:(noun) A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
Synonyms:backpack, knapsack
Usage: She carried the heavy haversack for most of the hike.
Article of the Day

Nori: Vegetable of the Sea

Nori is the Japanese name for an edible, dried preparation of red algae of the genus Porphyra. It is farmed in the sea, where Porphyra plants grow attached to nets suspended at the sea's surface. Farmers operate from boats and use mechanical harvesters to collect their crops. The nori sheets are then produced in a process that is quite similar to papermaking and involves a shredding and rack-drying process. This “sea vegetable” is commonly used in the preparation of what foods? More...
This Day in History

Oscar Wilde's Libel Case Begins (1895)

When the marquess of Queensbury became convinced that his son, Alfred Douglas, was having an affair with Wilde, he began to rail against the author and playwright, publicly accusing Wilde of sodomy, a crime at the time. At Douglas's urging, Wilde sued the marquess for libel. He not only lost the case, but was in turn charged with homosexual offenses and arrested. Wilde was convicted in an internationally notorious trial and served two years hard labor. What did he write while in prison? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Robinson Luce (1898)

One of the most powerful—and controversial—figures in the history of US journalism, Luce founded Time magazine in 1923 with former Yale classmate Briton Hadden. It was the first news-weekly in the US and is now the largest. Luce went on to launch a number of other highly successful magazines, including Fortune, Life, and Sports Illustrated. What was the estimated value of his share of Time stock at the time of his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

get down to work

To begin being serious about something; to begin attending to business or work at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2017)

Guinea was ruled by a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré, who ruled the small West African nation for over 25 years (1958-1984). After Toure's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
In the News

Where Do Spiders Come From? A Tiny, Prehistoric "Almost Spider" Offers Clues

Scientists have described a 305-million-year-old fossilized creature that looks exactly like a modern-day spider. But it is not a spider. The 1.5 cm creature has been stored in the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris since it was first unearthed in ... More...
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