Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

cheapjack

Definition:(adjective) Inferior in quality or value.
Synonyms:shoddy, tawdry
Usage: The boardwalk is rife with shabby shops selling cheapjack souvenirs.
Article of the Day

Q Scores

It stands to reason that people are more likely to watch TV shows starring their favorite actors and buy products sold by their favorite brands. To determine who and which these are, marketers turn to the Q score—a measure that uses opinion polls to quantify popularity. Since it tracks likability rather than just recognizability or viewership, the Q score is often touted as more valuable than other popularity measurements. What was Albert Einstein's Q score in 2000, 45 years after his death? More...
This Day in History

First Female Cadet Graduates from The Citadel (1999)

For more than 150 years, only male cadets were allowed to attend the Citadel, an elite military college in South Carolina. The first female cadet gained the right to enroll after a legal battle in 1995, but she left after less than a week. The next year, Nancy Mace, the daughter of US Army Brigadier General Emory Mace, enrolled, along with three other women. Mace graduated in three years, becoming the first female graduate of the Citadel. What happened to the women who matriculated with her? More...
Today's Birthday

Harry S. Truman (1884)

In 1945, when US president Franklin D. Roosevelt died—just 82 days into his fourth term—Truman, his vice president, assumed the office. Presiding over the end of World War II and the transition to peacetime, he made unexpectedly bold decisions. He dropped the first atomic bombs on Japan, proposed the "Truman Doctrine" of Communist containment, authorized the Berlin Airlift, and initiated US involvement in the Korean War. For most of his second term, Truman did not live in the White House. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have skin in the game

To have a personal investment, usually monetary, in the pursuit of some goal or achievement, especially in business and finance. More...
Today's Holiday

Festa di San Nicola (2017)

The Festa di San Nicola (Festival of St. Nicholas) is celebrated in Italy on the anniversary of the transfer of the saint's relics by a group of 11th-century sailors from Bari. Thousands of pilgrims come to the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari, Puglia, to worship at the saint's tomb and to ask for his help. There is a procession on this day in which a group of Barese sailors take the saint's image down to the water, where it is placed on a flower-decked boat and taken out to sea. At night the statue is returned to its place of honor on the altar of San Nicola's crypt. More...
In the News

Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the coelacanth, a primitive marine bony fish that is thought by some to be a close evolutionary ancestor of tetrapods—four limbed vertebrate animals of which humans are one example. Until 1938, when a living specimen was discovered, the coelacanth was believed to be long extinct. The fact that it was not only extant but also had evolved little over the previous 400 million or so years intrigued scientists, who set out to learn more about the "living fossil." The sequencing effort promises to shed new light on the elusive, deep-sea fish and perhaps even on the course of human evolution. More...
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