Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

evince

Definition:(verb) To show or demonstrate clearly; manifest.
Synonyms:express, show
Usage: The baby couldn't tell us she disliked the cereal, but she evinced her distaste by grimacing.
Article of the Day

Dubai's Palm Islands

The economy of Dubai is increasingly dependent on tourism to generate revenue and bring foreign dollars into the emirate, and the three Palm Islands were commissioned to do just that. Shaped like palm trees, these artificial islands are the largest in the world and house luxury hotels, exclusive residential beachside villas and apartments, shopping malls, restaurants, sports facilities, and health spas. What method is used to construct the complex artificial islands? More...
This Day in History

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Becomes First US City to Fluoridate Its Water (1945)

Around 1901, dentist Frederick McKay began to research why many Colorado residents' teeth were stained brown yet were also cavity-free. The culprit, as it turned out, was fluoride. Though it can discolor teeth in large doses, fluoride also prevents decay. Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first US city to experiment with adding fluoride to its water supply. The rate of cavities plummeted, and fluoridation became a national health policy. What do conspiracy theorists allege about fluoridation? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Brittany (1477)

Upon her father's death in 1488, Anne became the sovereign duchess of Brittany—and her hand in marriage became very valuable. When she was forced to become queen of France by marrying Charles VIII at age 14, her marriage contract stipulated that whichever spouse survived the longest could keep Brittany. Charles died first, but Anne was then forced to marry his successor. Until her death, she fought in vain to preserve Brittany's autonomy within France. Who was technically her first husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

feel like a million bucks

To feel exceptionally attractive or in very robust health. More...
Today's Holiday

Bhishma Ashtami (2018)

In Hindu mythology Bhishma was the son of King Shantanu. Shantanu then married a beautiful young maiden named Satyavati, who had two grandchildren by a son who had been born before she married the king. In the battle between the two groups of offspring, Bhishma was badly wounded. He waited on his death-bed of arrows for 58 days, during which he delivered many religious discourses. To this day, he is considered a great example of self-denial, loyalty, and devotion. During the festival held in his honor, libations are offered to Bhishma with barley, sesame, flowers, and water from the sacred Ganges River. More...
In the News

Ninth Planet May Exist in Solar System Beyond Pluto, Scientists Report

There might be a ninth planet in the solar system after all — and it is not Pluto. Two astronomers reported on Wednesday that they had compelling signs of something bigger and farther away — something that would definitely satisfy the current definition ... More...
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