Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

anastrophe

Definition:(noun) The reversal of the normal order of words.
Synonyms:inversion
Usage: Anastrophe, when used correctly, can give writing an impact that traditional sentence structures cannot always achieve.
Article of the Day

Samuel Morland

For about a decade following the 1649 execution of King Charles I, England had no monarch. Morland became disillusioned with the government of the Commonwealth, which ruled for part of that period, and became a double agent working to restore the crown. His espionage work allowed him to enter the service of the king after the Restoration. He was also an avid inventor who created one of the earliest internal combustion engines. It was not for use in transportation, but was used to move what? More...
This Day in History

Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851)

Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to pool its patents with other claimants to avoid litigation. At times, Singer used alternate names to accomplish what scandalous feat? More...
Today's Birthday

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

a knife in the back

A grievous or supreme act of treachery or betrayal. (Usually preceding "of/for (someone).") More...
Today's Holiday

Hope Watermelon Festival (2017)

Best known as the birthplace of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Hope, Arkansas, is also "Home of the World's Largest Watermelons" and hosts the only watermelon festival featuring giant watermelons. They are indeed large. Hope watermelon growers have been competing to grow the biggest since the 1920s. This is a festival of real down-home Americana: ice cream socials, a big fish fry, softball, arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment, antique car shows and hot air balloon rides. The watermelon events include a melon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest and a melon-judging and auction. More...
In the News

License to Steal: Indian Minister OKs Embezzlement

A minister in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, is busy doing damage control after a video emerged showing him telling a group of local officials that it is acceptable for bureaucrats to steal as long as they work hard. He qualified the statement by saying that it is OK to steal "some" but not to "be a bandit." The video has, understandably, sparked a backlash in a country whose political system has long been plagued by corruption. The minister, Shivpal Singh Yadav, has since spoken out, claiming that his comments were taken out of context. More...
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