Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

conflux

Definition:(noun) A flowing together.
Synonyms:merging, confluence
Usage: There was a conflux of emotions and thoughts in him.
Article of the Day

Coconut Crabs

A hermit crab, the coconut crab is remarkable for its massive pincers as well as its sheer size—it is the world's largest known terrestrial arthropod. Unlike most hermit crabs, coconut crabs cannot swim. Instead of gills, they possess a special organ called a branchiostegal lung, which is suited to absorb oxygen from air rather than water but must be kept moist if it is to function. Why is this type of crab popularly associated with the coconut? More...
This Day in History

French Foreign Legion Founded (1831)

The French Foreign Legion is a unit of the French Army largely composed of foreigners and commanded by French officers. It was created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to keep potential dissidents busy fighting for France rather than against it. Because enlistment historically required no official identification, many criminals joined under assumed names to hide their unsavory backgrounds. What are the two ways foreign-born legionnaires can earn the right to apply for French citizenship? More...
Today's Birthday

Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844)

Sarasate was a Spanish violinist and composer. He began studying the violin with his bandmaster father at age five, and at his first public concert at age eight, he impressed a wealthy patron and was sent to study in Madrid. There, Queen Isabel II gave him the Stradivarius violin that he would play for the rest of his life. He made his Paris debut in 1860 and commenced touring the world. He wrote scores of brilliant virtuoso works, some of which are still played today. Where are his violins now? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

horse and rabbit stew

A situation comprised of both crude or unpleasant things as well those which are pleasing or beneficial, usually with the former in greater proportion to the latter. Used especially in reference to economics or business. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
In the News

Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — and They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

Now, it's no surprise that Neanderthals didn't brush their teeth. Neither did they go to the dentist. That means bits of food and the microbes in their mouths just stayed stuck to their teeth. While not so good for dental hygiene, these dental plaques ... More...
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