Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

commissariat

Definition:(noun) A stock or supply of foods.
Synonyms:provisions, viands, victuals, provender
Usage: During the war with Spain he was employed in the commissariat of the French army, and made a fortune.
Article of the Day

Infrasound

Long thought to cause feelings of fear or awe, infrasound is sound that is able to cover long distances with little dissipation at a frequency too low to be detected by the human ear. It is created by natural phenomena such as ocean waves and earthquakes and can be artificially produced by explosions or machines. Infrasound is used by some animals to communicate over long distances and by predators to "freeze" their prey. Why do some scientists believe infrasound is related to ghost sightings? More...
This Day in History

Empress Elizabeth of Austria Is Assassinated (1898)

Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilda Doolittle, AKA H.D. (1886)

Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers? More...
Quotation of the Day
To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

lay (something) at the feet of (someone)

To make or hold someone, especially a group of people, responsible for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Joust of the Quintain (Giostra della Quintana) (2017)

In the 17th century a tournament known as the Joust of the Quintain was held in Foligno, Perugia, Italy, to commemorate the equestrian exercises of the early Roman legionnaires. The tournament was revived in 1946, adhering as closely as possible to the original rules. Early Sunday morning there is a parade of people in Renaissance dress, accompanied by musicians and dancers. Ten "knights" representing the city's 10 districts gallop past the statue of Mars and try to remove the ring in its outstretched hand by spearing it with the tip of a lance. More...
In the News

Is Your Hair as Distinctive as Your DNA?

DNA is a staple of crime scene investigations, particularly those seen on TV, because it is far and away the most accurate method we have of matching evidence to a specific individual. But not all crime scenes have clear DNA markers, so in 2009 the US National ... More...
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