Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

caboodle

Definition:(noun) Any collection in its entirety.
Synonyms:bunch, lot
Usage: The art collection was originally going to be auctioned off piece by piece, but the owner decided at the last moment to donate the whole caboodle to the local museum.
Article of the Day

The Gentry

The term "gentry," in general, refers to people of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position. In England, the term historically referred to the class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility. The gentry, particularly in England and Wales, were those not entitled to sit in the House of Lords. By the later Middle Ages, the gentry included knights, esquires, and gentlemen, and, after the 17th century, baronets. What are some examples of the gentry in other countries? More...
This Day in History

Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

Qatar, located on a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, became a British protectorate in 1916. It remained under British control for more than 50 years, a period during which oil was discovered there and Qatar rapidly modernized. In 1968, Britain declared that it would disengage from the region, and Qatar joined a federation of nearby states. However, disputes arose, and, in 1971, Qatar became an independent state. Prior to the discovery of oil there, Qatar was noted for what unusual industry? More...
Today's Birthday

Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry's mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry's 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) final resting place

The location where one's body is interred after death. More...
Today's Holiday

Hatch Chile Festival (2017)

This event pays tribute to the green chili (as it is more commonly spelled outside of New Mexico), New Mexico's state vegetable. The small town of Hatch is the center of the chili-growing industry. At festival time, the aroma of chilis permeates the town, and a marvelous variety of chilis in all forms can be purchased: dried red chilis in ornamental braids called ristras, chili salsa, chili jelly, chili wine, and chili con carne. Besides food, the festival features the crowning of a Green Chile Queen, a skeet shoot, a fiddling contest, a cook-off, and a ristra-making contest. More...
In the News

"Electronic Tattoo" Can Monitor Vital Signs

A new sensor that is thinner than a human hair and is applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo could eliminate the need for bulky machinery, wires, and sticky pads when monitoring patients' vital signs in medical settings. The sensor can stretch and contract with the skin without breaking and possesses tiny solar cells that can generate power or be powered by electromagnetic radiation. When used to measure electrical activity in the leg, heart, and brain, the sensor took readings that corresponded well with current monitoring methods. More...
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