Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 09, 2012)
Word of the Day

addlepated

Definition:(adjective) Stupid and confused.
Synonyms:muddleheaded, puddingheaded
Usage: George was so shocked by the failure of his overseas investments that he began babbling to his accountant like an addlepated nincompoop.
Article of the Day

The Vatican Library

Founded in the 4th century and re-established in the 15th century by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library is the oldest public library in Europe and one of the chief libraries of the world. Today, it holds more than 75,000 manuscripts and more than 1.1 million books, including thousands from the dawn of printing. It has amassed materials from the libraries of notable figures throughout history, including the Dukes of Urbino and Queen Christina of Sweden. How old is the library building itself? More...
This Day in History

The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986. In 2010, it celebrated its 10,000th performance at the same venue. It opened in New York in 1988, and went on to become the longest-running musical on Broadway. It is also the most financially successful entertainment project of all time, having earned billions of dollars. What is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Dreyfus (1859)

In 1894, French Army intelligence discovered that military secrets were being leaked to Germany. Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, was blamed and convicted—twice—on insufficient and forged evidence. He was imprisoned on Devil's Island. The affair became a national scandal amid reports that the army, permeated by anti-Semitism, had covered up evidence of his innocence. He was pardoned by the president in 1899 and cleared by a civilian court in 1906. Who was probably the real traitor? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

like a chicken with the pip

In low spirits; in a weak or sickened state or manner. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Denis's Day (2017)

Also known as St. Dionysius, St. Denis is the patron saint of France. According to legend, Pope Clement sent him to what is now France to establish the Church there, during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251), but the pagans who greeted him did not treat him well. The most widely repeated legend is that they beheaded him on Martyr's Hill—the place now known as Montmartre in Paris—but he miraculously picked up his head and carried it for two miles before expiring at the site where the Church of St. Denis was later built. More...
In the News

Nuclear Technology Being Used to Sterilize Pests

Scientists have found a novel use for nuclear technology that may help improve crop yields while reducing our reliance on pesticides: insect sterilization. When sterile male insects are released into the wild, they compete with wild males for females and reduce the next generation's population as a result. In regions where it has been deployed, the Sterile Insect Technology, which utilizes radioactive cobalt-60 to sterilize a variety of species, has had promising results. For example, in Croatia's Neretva river delta, farmers saw a 75 percent drop in damage to their citrus crops after millions of sterilized male fruit flies were released there. More...
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