Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 6, 2012)
Word of the Day

wonted

Definition:(adjective) Commonly used or practiced; usual.
Synonyms:habitual, accustomed, customary
Usage: Professor Erlin lost his wonted calm: he beat the table with his fist, and drowned all opposition with the roar of his fine deep voice.
Article of the Day

Chapbooks

Chapbooks were small, inexpensive pamphlets popular in Europe and America from the 16th century until the mid-19th century. They contained of a variety of reading material, including folklore, reports of crimes, ballads, and Bible stories, and reveal much about popular culture at the time. Sold by itinerant agents known as "chapmen" for as little as a penny, they were typically unsigned, undated, and flimsy. After they were read, they were often put to use in what other ways? More...
This Day in History

Louis Pasteur Successfully Tests His Rabies Vaccine (1885)

Pasteur was a pioneer in the field of germ theory. In 1881, the inventor of pasteurization perfected a way to isolate and weaken germs, and he went on to develop a vaccine against anthrax in sheep. He soon turned his attention to researching rabies. In 1885, he inoculated a 9-year-old boy who had been badly mauled by a rabid dog. The vaccine likely prevented the boy from contracting rabies, which then meant certain death. How did Pasteur's chickens accidentally get vaccinated against cholera? More...
Today's Birthday

Merv Griffin (1925)

Originally a singer and nightclub performer, Griffin first achieved wider fame in the early 1950s with the hit song I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts. He then shifted his focus to television, hosting The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He created the popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and wrote the latter's famous theme song. Later, he invested in casinos, resorts, and hotels. What humorous epitaph was inscribed on his gravestone? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

does (exactly) what it says on the tin

(Something) does precisely what it claims or is supposed to do. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days (2017)

The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1–3, 1863, marked a turning point in the American Civil War. The battle did not end the war, but the Confederate army was turned back, and it never recovered from its losses. With 51,000 casualties and 5,000 dead horses, it ranks as the bloodiest battle in American history. Every year since 1983 the anniversary of the battle has been commemorated at the Gettysburg National Military Park. There are band concerts, a Civil War battle reenactment, lectures by nationally known historians, and a Civil War collectors' show. More...
In the News

Elusive Higgs Boson Subatomic Particle Discovered

Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle whose characteristics match those of the elusive Higgs boson, or "God particle." Its existence was first posited by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs nearly half a century ago, and he is overjoyed that it has been found in his lifetime. The particle could help explain why matter has mass and further our understanding of the shaping of the universe. The discovery was made by two teams of physicists using the Large Hadron Collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN. More...
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