Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

windbreaker

Definition:(noun) A trademark used for a warm outer jacket having close-fitting, often elastic, cuffs and waistband.
Synonyms:anorak, parka, windcheater
Usage: George's windbreaker was torn, and he shivered in the cold night air.
Article of the Day

The Incandescent Light Bulb

Now the iconic symbol for an idea, the electric incandescent light bulb was independently produced in the late 1870s by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison—and perhaps earlier by others. However, Edison has received the major credit for this invention because he also developed the power lines and other equipment needed for a lighting system. Financed by the likes of J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts, Edison achieved success using a carbon filament in his design. How do incandescent light bulbs work? More...
This Day in History

Pierre Laval Is Executed for Treason (1945)

In 1942, Laval, a French politician who had advocated collaboration with Nazi Germany, came to power. His government drafted laborers for German factories, cooperated in the deportation of Jews to death camps, and instituted a rule of terror. After France was liberated by the Allies, Laval fled. He was eventually captured and returned to France, where he was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. How did Laval attempt to change his fate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pelham Grenville "P. G." Wodehouse (1881)

Wodehouse was an English-American comic writer who enjoyed enormous success during his more than 70-year career. His works are set in Edwardian England and feature idiotic youths, feckless debutantes, redoubtable aunts, and stuffy businessmen. His most famous characters are the young bachelor Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves. Although Wodehouse was knighted shortly before his death, the character of Bertie did cost him entry into the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1967. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be like oil and water

To be incompatible or unable to interact or coexist easily, as due to fundamental differences in personality, opinions, beliefs, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Tucson Meet Yourself Festival (2017)

The annual folk and ethnic festival known as Tucson Meet Yourself has been held in Tucson, Arizona, since 1974. Designed to promote southern Arizona's wide mix of cultures, the festival features formal presentations of traditional music and dance, demonstrations by folk artists and craftspeople, and workshops in which various experts on ethnic customs and traditions hold informal discussions, give lessons, and organize games. Food, however, is the festival's primary attraction, giving the festival the well-earned nickname of "Tucson Eat Yourself." More...
In the News

"Supercoiled" DNA Puts the Simple Double Helix to Shame

When most of us think of DNA, we think of that iconic double helix shape. But when you zoom out, DNA gets a lot more complicated. "When Watson and Crick described the DNA double helix, they were looking at a tiny part of a real genome, only about one ... More...
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