Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 3, 2013)
Word of the Day

brattle

Definition:(verb) Make a rattling sound.
Synonyms:clack, clatter
Usage: Whenever I hear my dishes brattle in the cabinet, I know that the train will be passing by shortly.
Article of the Day

Thieves' Cant

Dating to the early 16th century, thieves' cant was a secret language used in the criminal underworld of Great Britain by thieves, beggars, vagrants, and supposedly Gypsies. Beginning in the mid-1500s, numerous "canting dictionaries" were published, and the code words of the thieves' language came to be widely known. Though the argot is almost totally obsolete today, what small group of people was reported in 2009 to have revived thieves' cant for everyday use? More...
This Day in History

NASA's Mars Polar Lander Launched (1999)

The distance from Earth to Mars fluctuates between approximately 35 million mi (56 million km) and 63 million mi (101 million km). In 1999, NASA's Mars Polar Lander, on a mission to analyze soil samples, made the long journey to the Red Planet only to fail to re-establish communications following its entry into Mars's atmosphere. After the lander was declared lost, an investigation determined that it likely crashed onto the Martian surface. How long did it take the lander to reach Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793)

Mott was an American social reformer and women's rights advocate. She attended a Quaker boarding school near Poughkeepsie, New York, where she later taught, and became an official Quaker minister in 1821. She was active in the antislavery campaign and lectured widely on social reform. In 1848, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the US women's suffrage movement. On what issue was Mott's stance at odds with that of the mainstream women's movement? More...
Quotation of the Day
Quotation, n.: the act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a hill of beans

Something of little or no importance, value, or worth. More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2017)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

New Tuberculosis Drug Could Be "Game Changer"

Tuberculosis (TB) affects millions of people worldwide. In 2011, nearly 9 million people were infected and 1.4 million died from TB. While the disease can be treated with antibiotics, drug-resistant strains have become increasingly widespread and lethal. Hopefully, a new drug recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will change this. The first FDA-approved drug in 40 years to fight the disease using a new mechanism of action, bedaquiline combats multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by blocking an energy-producing enzyme that is vital to the tuberculosis bacterium's survival. More...
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