Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

cerement

Definition:(noun) Burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped.
Synonyms:winding-clothes, pall, shroud
Usage: The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonor to his memory.
Article of the Day

The Marine Chronometer

Before the mid-18th century, navigators were unable to accurately determine their longitude at sea. In an effort to encourage innovators to develop a method for precisely determining a ship’s longitude, the British government began offering a prize in 1714. In 1735, John Harrison invented the first timepiece accurate enough to be used in such calculations. He spent the next 30 years improving his chronometer and was awarded a good deal of money as a result. What do ships use to navigate today? More...
This Day in History

US Invades Grenada (1983)

After a left-wing government took control of Grenada in a 1979 bloodless coup, relations between the tiny Caribbean nation and its neighbors became strained. In 1983, the government was overthrown by radicals from within the same movement. Concerned about Grenada's leanings toward Cuba and the Soviet bloc, the US invaded. World leaders were outraged, and the UN voted 108 to 9 to condemn the invasion. How did US President Ronald Reagan respond when asked whether the lopsided vote concerned him? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece, Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen's success, dying just months after it premiered. Although rumors of suicide surrounded his death, what likely killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek: your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

hothead

A person with an excitable, fiery, or impetuous temper or disposition; one who is quick to get angry or act rashly. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Crispin's Day (2017)

According to legend, Crispin and his brother Crispinian traveled from Rome to the French town of Soissons, where they preached and earned a living as shoemakers. The people of Soissons built a church in their honor in the sixth century, and since that time they have been known as the patron saints of shoemakers and other workers in leather. This is also the day on which the French and English armies fought the battle of Agincourt in the middle period of the Hundred Years War (1415). More...
In the News

Few Consumers Read Nutrition Labels

Shoppers may think that they pay attention to nutrition labels when purchasing food, but the results of a new study suggest that many barely give them a glance. Though a third of participants in a recent study reported that they almost always check the calorie contents of food products, eye tracking showed that only nine percent actually did so. Placing nutrition labels in the center of food packaging could increase the likelihood that the labels will be read by consumers, since labels displayed in the center of a computer screen were viewed more often and for longer periods of time than those placed off to the side More...
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