Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

equivocate

Definition:(verb) To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information.
Synonyms:prevaricate, beat around the bush, palter, tergiversate
Usage: She was known for her tendency to equivocate, and many of her friends gave up on trying to discern her true opinions.
Article of the Day

The Hydraulophone

A hydraulophone is a musical instrument played via direct physical contact with a hydraulic fluid, typically water. The sound is generated from the vibration of the instrument's liquid and changes based on the position of the fingers in relation to the finger holes. The invention of such devices led to the creation of a physics-based classification system for instruments that takes into account the state of matter that initially produces their sound. What are the five categories of this system? More...
This Day in History

Garfield Debuts (1978)

When Garfield debuted in 1978, the comic strip appeared in just 41 newspapers. Today, Jim Davis's strip about a lazy, sarcastic cat and his lonely owner, Jon Arbuckle, is syndicated in more than 2,500 papers with a readership of more than 200 million people. The feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays has spawned books, movies, and merchandise, which are sold in more than 100 countries and earn nearly $1 billion each year. How have Internet artists altered the strip in unusual ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thank goodness...I was never sent to school...it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Idiom of the Day

in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. More...
Today's Holiday

Juneteenth (2017)

Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it wasn't until two years later that the word reached the slaves in Texas. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865 with the intention of forcing slave owners to release their slaves, and the day has been celebrated since that time in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and other parts of the Deep South under the nickname "Juneteenth." Observed primarily in African-American communities, Juneteenth festivities usually include parades, picnics, and baseball games. More...
In the News

Scientists Spot the Oldest Oxygen Ever Found in the Universe

Oxygen has been detected in a galaxy from long, long ago and far, far away. 13.1 billion light-years away, to be exact. This galaxy — which we're observing as it was just 700 million years after the birth of the universe — shows the oldest signs of ... More...
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