Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

plexor

Definition:(noun) A small hammer with a rubber head used in percussive examinations of the chest and in testing reflexes.
Synonyms:percussor, plessor
Usage: When the doctor tapped my knee with the plexor, my reflex was so strong that I almost kicked him in the head!
Article of the Day

Crop Circles

Crop circles, patterns created in fields by the unexplained flattening of crops, have garnered worldwide attention since they began appearing in the English countryside in the late 1970s. Since then, roughly 12,000 crop circles have been found worldwide. Though many incidents have been exposed as hoaxes, both meteorological phenomena and UFOs have been cited as possible sources of the mysterious patterns. How did the men who perpetrated some of the original crop circle hoaxes create the designs? More...
This Day in History

Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald's Franchise (1955)

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1940 and introduced the "Speedee Service System," establishing the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. Ray Kroc, a mixer salesman, recognized the idea's potential and partnered with the brothers. Kroc opened his first McDonald's franchise in Illinois in 1955 and later bought out the McDonald brothers. The company now has a global presence. What controversies have stemmed from its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Catherine I of Russia (1684)

Originally a Baltic peasant named Martha, Catherine was captured by Russian soldiers in 1702. That same year, she became the mistress of Peter I. In 1703, after the birth of their first child, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and rechristened Catherine. She married Peter in 1712, and in 1724 he had her crowned tsarina and joint ruler. When Peter died in 1725 without naming a successor, she served two years as empress of Russia until her death. How did she and Peter meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Holy Saturday (2017)

The Saturday before Easter Sunday is the last day of Holy Week and brings the season of Lent to a close. Many churches, especially those of the Anglican Communion, still hold large baptismal services on Holy Saturday. It is also known as the Vigil of Easter in reference to the fact that Jesus' followers spent this day, after his crucifixion on Good Friday, waiting. The Easter Vigil is traditionally observed the night of Holy Saturday in many churches today. Another name for this day is the Descent into Hell, because it commemorates Jesus' descent into and victory over hell. More...
In the News

What Makes a Knot Strong? Scientists Have Figured Out How Your Shoelaces Untie Themselves

Well, it happened again. You were walking down the road, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you looked down, only to realize that your shoes spontaneously untied themselves again. Muttering under your breath, you kneel down, retie the laces, and go ... More...
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