Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

tommyrot

Definition:(noun) Pretentious or silly talk or writing.
Synonyms:baloney, bilgewater, bosh, drool, humbug, twaddle, tarradiddle
Usage: Spare me the tommyrot and just get to the point!
Article of the Day

Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production—humans have been harvesting honey from bee colonies for thousands upon thousands of years. Beekeeping was particularly well developed in Egypt and is discussed by the Roman writers Virgil, Gaius Julius Hyginus, Varro, and Columella. Bees were traditionally kept for their honey, but today crop pollination often provides the greater part of a commercial beekeeper's income. What are four useful hive products other than honey? More...
This Day in History

France Declares War on Prussia (1870)

The Franco-Prussian War was the outcome of the progressive unification of German states after the Napoleonic Wars. Events came to a head when the Spanish throne was offered to a member of the Prussian Hohenzollern family, raising the possibility of a Prussian-Spanish alliance against France. The French government demanded assurances that no member of the Hohenzollern family would ever rule Spain and declared war when it was refused. What famously insulting telegram prompted France's declaration? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Horace Mayo (1865)

Mayo was a gifted surgeon who, with his father, brother, and several other doctors, founded the world-renowned non-profit medical center in Minnesota that would become the Mayo Clinic. In addition to seeing patients, Mayo served as the health officer of Rochester, Minnesota, for many years and also taught medical students. He originated modern procedures in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery and reduced the death rate in goiter operations. What factor contributed to his early surgical success? More...
Quotation of the Day
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

jet-setter

A wealthy individual who travels globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Swan Upping (2017)

The tradition of marking newborn swans goes back six centuries, when most of the swans on England's public waters were owned by the Queen. Every year since 1363, the Queen's swan master and the swan wardens of the two livery companies row up the Thames, starting at Blackfriars and continuing upstream to Abingdon, and "up" all the swan families into the boats, where they are marked with identification numbers. There are very specific rules governing how ownership is decided, and the six boats, each flying a large silk flag, form a procession that has changed little over the centuries. More...
In the News

Pay Gap Widens in UK

How much is too much? Executive pay in the UK has ballooned from 60 times that of the average worker in the 1990s to almost 180 times the average worker's pay today. Back in October, shareholders gained the right to vote down executives' compensation packages. Recently, shareholders made the rare move of voting not to support a remuneration report at fashion house Burberry. The High Pay Centre, a think tank, is calling on the government to take action on the ever-widening pay gap. More...
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