Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

schoolman

Definition:(noun) A scholar who is skilled in academic disputation.
Synonyms:academician
Usage: The symposium was scheduled to end at seven, but the schoolman continued to lecture the group for an additional hour.
Article of the Day

Destroying Angels

Originally reserved as a delicacy for the elite, edible mushrooms are now extensively grown on a commercial scale. There are, however, many poisonous species of mushroom, and the destroying angels of the Amanita genus are among the most toxic mushrooms known to man. Destroying angels are characterized by their white stalks and gills and have a telltale collar-like structure, or volva, at the base of their stalks. How soon after ingesting the toxic mushroom do symptoms of poisoning appear? More...
This Day in History

Caligula Becomes Emperor of Rome (37 CE)

When Caligula became the Roman emperor in 37 CE, replacing the hated Tiberius, the public welcomed his reign, and for a time it was uneventful. Seven months later, he fell severely ill, and when he recovered, he was a changed man. Suddenly, his reign was marked by financially ruinous extravagance, unmatched cruelty, and rampant executions, even of his former supporters. He was assassinated within a few years. What may have caused the mental instability Caligula displayed after his illness? More...
Today's Birthday

Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750)

Caroline Herschel was a British astronomer. At the age of 10, she contracted typhus, which permanently stunted her growth—but not her ambition. Her family assumed that she would never marry because of her height and trained her to be a household servant. But when her brother, Sir William Herschel, took up astronomy and accepted the position of King's Astronomer, she joined him as his assistant and assumed the laborious task of cataloguing thousands of stars and nebulae. What did she discover? More...
Quotation of the Day
He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I do (something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiplingcotes Derby (2017)

The Kiplingcotes Derby, which is run along the Wolds Way in Yorkshire, England, on the third Thursday in March, dates back more than 450 years, making it the longest-running "flat race" (as opposed to the steeplechase, which involves jumping over obstacles) in England. The route along which the horses run measures four miles in length and cuts through five different parishes, supposedly following an ancient Roman road. It begins near South Dalton and finishes near Kiplingcotes Farm in the parish of Middleton-on-the-Wolds. More...
In the News

With a Few Updates, Siri Could Become a Lifeline for Rape Victims

Some 64 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, and are using them for far more than talk and texting. But are phones ready to take care of their users when they need help the most? Not yet, say researchers who tested programs like Apple virtual ... More...
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