Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 2, 2014)
Word of the Day

contiguous

Definition:(adjective) Having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching.
Synonyms:neighboring, adjacent, conterminous
Usage: The windows of the back rooms overlooked an enormous court, which formed the center of the square made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets.
Article of the Day

Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. She rose to power by acting as regent for her stepson, Thutmose III, but soon ordered herself crowned as pharaoh. Thereafter, she was regarded as a king rather than a queen and was often portrayed in pharaonic costume, including a false beard. She attained unprecedented power, and her reign saw the start of construction at Thebes and expanded trade. Why did she almost disappear from Egypt's archaeological and written records? More...
This Day in History

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" (1901)

While speaking at the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt used the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Four days later, President McKinley was shot, and, after McKinley died on the 14th, Roosevelt became president. The statement he made in Minnesota became forever associated with his foreign policy of backing up negotiations with implicit military might, and political cartoons often portrayed him toting the proverbial stick. What is the rest of the saying? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Soddy (1877)

Working with Ernest Rutherford, Soddy developed a theory of the disintegration of radioactive elements. In 1912, the British chemist was among the first to conclude that elements might exist in chemically indistinguishable forms—now known as isotopes—of different atomic weights. In his 1920 book Science and Life, he described the use of isotopes in determining geologic age. He later applied his scientific background to economic theories. What H.G. Wells novel was inspired by his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be (one's) last resort

To be the only remaining thing or person that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. More...
Today's Holiday

Cherokee National Holiday (2017)

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the establishment of the Cherokee Nation. There is a rodeo, a native dance competition, a powwow, and a parade with colorful floats and Cherokees in ceremonial dress. Native American arts and crafts are on display, and visitors can sample Native American foods. Games and sports at the festival include a golf tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a cornstalk shoot, a blowgun shoot, and a traditional Indian marble game. More...
In the News

Scientific Study Determines Mozzarella Best Cheese for Pizza

Scientists have confirmed what pizza lovers have long known—mozzarella is the best cheese to top a pizza. It beat out cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyère, and Provolone for the top spot. The researchers assessed the cheeses on several measures, including browning and blistering, and concluded that mozzarella's stretchiness and relatively low oiliness allows it to bubble and brown in a way that makes for the most visually and gastronomically appealing pie. For those seeking a gourmet pizza experience, the team recommends combining other cheeses with mozzarella rather than eliminating mozzarella entirely. More...
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