Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

multifarious

Definition:(adjective) Having great variety; diverse.
Synonyms:multifaceted, many-sided
Usage: This famous old French trading post continued to be a rallying point for a multifarious and motley population.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Slash

The slash ( / ) serves a number of purposes in writing, essentially standing in for other words as a quick and clear way of showing the connection between two things. What is a slash technically known as? More...
Article of the Day

Damnatio Memoriae

Damnatio memoriae is a Latin phrase meaning "damnation of memory." The practice was a form of dishonor that could be passed by the Roman Senate upon traitors or others who brought disgrace to Rome. The sanction, a form of removal from remembrance, essentially erased all traces of a person from public life and record in order to preserve the honor of the Roman State. What interfered with the Senate's attempt to obliterate all records of Emperor Caligula? More...
This Day in History

Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home. Four years after the kidnapping, a riotous trial resulted in the conviction and execution of whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910)

Hodgkin developed a passion for chemistry at an early age and went on to become a leader in the field of X-ray crystallography. In 1948, she and her colleagues made the first X-ray photograph of vitamin B12—one of the most complex nonprotein compounds—and eventually determined its atomic arrangement. Her work in determining its structure, as well as that of other biochemical compounds, won her a 1964 Nobel Prize. In 1969, Hodgkin completed a similar three-dimensional analysis of what hormone? More...
Quotation of the Day
As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

(the) next thing (one) knows

All of a sudden; out of nowhere; without warning. More...
Today's Holiday

Tulip Time (2018)

When a group of high school students in Pella, Iowa, staged an operetta called Tulip Time 1935, the only tulips growing in the town were in pots. But the musical performance gave the local chamber of commerce an idea for promoting the town's Dutch heritage. They planted thousands of bulbs and got the local historical society to start preserving the town's Dutch buildings and heirlooms. During the festival, townspeople dress in Dutch provincial costumes and engage in such activities as street scrubbing, authentic Dutch dancing and folk music, and tours of the formal tulip gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: temporary

booth - First a temporary dwelling made of branches, material, etc. More...

learning cottage - A residential trailer used as a temporary or portable classroom. More...

lodge - First was a temporary dwelling, as a hut or tent. More...

jerry-built - Is either from English dialect jerry, "bad, defective," a pejorative use of the male nickname Jerry, or from nautical slang jury, "temporary," which came to be used of all sorts of makeshift and inferior objects. More...

In the News

Nasa Releases 56 Patented Space and Rocket Technologies into the Public Domain

Nasa has released 56 of its patented technologies into the public domain, in a move which could be a great help to private space companies like SpaceX. Among the trove of newly-public inventions is a method for manufacturing carbon nanotubes, which is ... More...
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