Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

acquiescent

Definition:(adjective) Willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest.
Synonyms:biddable
Usage: She was too acquiescent to challenge authority and did everything she was told.
Article of the Day

The Doctrine of Signatures

Referenced in mainstream medical texts until the late 19th century and currently employed in homeopathic remedies, the Doctrine of Signatures is an ancient European philosophy that assigns healing properties to plants based on the association between their physical characteristics and those of the disease or affected body part. The red sap of the bloodroot, for instance, is said to cure diseases of the blood. According to this philosophy, what ailments are walnuts particularly suited for curing? More...
This Day in History

Sony Introduces the Walkman (1979)

Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. Who invented the portable personal stereo cassette player years before the Walkman's debut? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology. In the early 1700s, he became embroiled in a controversy with Isaac Newton over what issue? More...
Quotation of the Day
Exuberance is better than taste.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

come into question

To become doubted, scrutinized, or a matter of serious discussion. More...
Today's Holiday

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (2017)

Formerly an occupied territory of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on July 1, 1997. The day is reserved for official celebrations of Hong Kong and its unique "one country, two systems" arrangement with its mainland ally. Large crowds observe the anniversary by turning out for an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the emblems of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. There is also a parade featuring traditional drumming performances and dragon dance troupes. More...
In the News

Boaty McBoatface Returns from Maiden Voyage with "Unprecedented Data"

A British polar research vessel that captured online attention in 2016 has completed its first voyage, returning to the U.K. after collecting "unprecedented data" in some of the coldest waters on Earth. Boaty McBoatface, an unmanned submersible, was ... More...
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