Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

prorogue

Definition:(verb) Hold back to a later time.
Synonyms:postpone, put off, defer, set back, shelve, table, remit, hold over
Usage: My students begged me to prorogue the upcoming European history exam so that they could have more time to study.
Article of the Day

The Photophone

Though Alexander Graham Bell is best known for his telephone, he was proudest of his photophone, a device that uses rays of light to transmit sound. He made the first wireless call with it in 1880 and was so smitten with the invention that, to his wife's dismay, he wanted to name his second daughter "Photophone." Although outdoor interference from rain and clouds made the device impractical and it never caught on, it is considered the precursor to what modern method of information transfer? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Jargeau Begins (1429)

After helping break the English siege of Orléans during the Hundred Years' War, teenage heroine Joan of Arc set her sights on recapturing the Loire River valley, beginning with the town of Jargeau. Though the post was heavily fortified and well defended, the French soon gained the upper hand. After Jargeau, a number of other English strongholds fell in quick succession, paving the way for Charles VII's coronation at Rheims. What nearly killed Joan as she scaled a ladder during the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Warren (1741)

A Boston physician, Warren became a political leader in the American Revolution after the passage of the hated 1765 Stamp Act. In 1774, he drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which advocated forcible resistance to the British and were endorsed by the Continental Congress. In April of the following year, he dispatched William Dawes and Paul Revere to warn fellow patriots that the British were marching on Concord. He was killed months later at Bunker Hill. Why was his body buried four times? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) going for (one)

To have something that is favorable, beneficial, or advantageous to one. More...
Today's Holiday

Trinity Sunday (2017)

Trinity Sunday is a day that celebrates the central dogma of Christian theology: that the One God exists as three persons with one substance—as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The idea of a festival in honor of the Trinity was first introduced by Stephen, bishop of Liège, Belgium, in the 10th century. But it wasn't until 1334 that it became a universal observance decreed by Pope John XXII. The day after Trinity is sometimes referred to as Trinity Monday. Tradition has it that St. Patrick of Ireland used a shamrock as a symbol of the "three-in-one," triune God. More...
In the News

Oreos Filled with Chewing Gum?

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is now the largest automobile market in the world, and is expected to be the top market for luxury goods by 2015. The rise in Chinese prosperity and consumption has led many Western companies to tailor their products to suit local preferences. Levi Strauss & Co. has done so literally, creating a brand of blue jeans to better fit Chinese body types. KFC has attempted to cater to local tastes by serving a rice porridge dish alongside its fried chicken. However, not all products make it out of the development phase, like the Oreo cookie with a chewing gum center that was tested by Kraft Foods. More...
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