Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

polyglot

Definition:(noun) A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.
Synonyms:linguist
Usage: He was a polyglot who spoke nine languages fluently.
Article of the Day

Istanbul

The city of Istanbul, which extends on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosporus strait, is the only city in the world to span 2 continents. Over the centuries, this area has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Turkish control. One of the great historic metropolises of the world, Istanbul is Turkey's chief city and seaport as well as its commercial, industrial, and financial center. Istanbul is home to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and what other historic sites? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Drake Strikes Oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania (1859)

In the late 1850s, Drake hired a salt well driller to start digging on a piece of land near Titusville, Pennsylvania. Though oil was known to exist nearby, there was no practical way to extract it, and its primary use was in medicine. In August 1859, Drake struck oil at a depth of 69 feet (21 m), an event that marked the birth of the oil industry. Once a quiet village, Titusville became a bustling town as prospectors flocked to the area. What disaster struck the town more than once? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Stewart Rolls (1877)

A member of the British aristocracy, Rolls developed an interest in engines and cars while studying at Cambridge. He became the first person there to have a car—a Peugeot—and, in 1902, he went into the automobile sales business. Striking a deal with manufacturer Frederick Royce in 1906, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce automobile company, which quickly earned a reputation for its engineering. In 1910, at the age of 32, Rolls became the first Briton to die in what unusual way? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

lap of the gods

A state beyond possible human control, intervention, or responsibility; a state or condition that is or will be decided by nature or fate. Usually used in the phrase "in the the lap of the gods." More...
Today's Holiday

Wheat Harvest Festival (2017)

The small village of Provins in north-central France celebrates its wheat harvest at the end of the summer. On the last Sunday of August, villagers decorate their homes and shops with wheat and wildflowers. There are also exhibits of antique farming tools and parades featuring harvest floats pulled by tractors. The villagers reenact ancient rituals involving wheat and perform demonstrations of how the grain is separated, ground, and baked to make bread. More...
In the News

Australian Researchers Combat Bee Decline with Tiny Trackers

It's never been harder to be a bee. Parasites, diseases and habitat loss have all taken a toll on bees and other pollinating insects, a crucial part of the global food production network, with billions of dollars riding on their tiny backs. Now ... More...
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