Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 02, 2011)
Word of the Day

hoagie

Definition:(noun) A large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States.
Synonyms:Italian sandwich, poor boy, sub, Cuban sandwich, grinder, zep, torpedo, wedge, submarine, bomber, hero
Usage: When I'm really hungry, I make myself a hoagie with all the trimmings.
Article of the Day

Boffins

In British slang, a boffin is a scientist, especially one engaged in research, who possesses extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field, often to the exclusion of all non-academic interests. The word "boffin" was originally used as military slang for a technician or research scientist, but since WWII, the affectionate nickname has taken on a negative connotation. However, its etymology is otherwise obscure. What is its closest American slang equivalent? More...
This Day in History

As the World Turns Premieres (1956)

Soap operas began in the early 1930s as 15-minute radio episodes and continued in that format when they began appearing on TV in the early 1950s. As the World Turns premiered as the first half-hour TV soap. The show, which primarily focused on two professional families in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, ran for 54 years and aired nearly 14,000 episodes. For 20 of those years, it was most-watched daytime drama in the US. What interrupted a live broadcast of the show in 1963? More...
Today's Birthday

Émile François Zola (1840)

Zola was the founder of French naturalism, a literary school that maintained that novel-writing should be scientific, appraising reality in terms of natural forces such as heredity or environment. Inspired by his readings in sociology and medicine, he applied his theory in a vast series of novels in which the characters are impartially observed and presented in minute, often sordid, detail. Zola also had an ardent zeal for social reform. He died in his sleep under what suspicious circumstances? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

I take it

I imagine this is the case; I presume it to be true (that); it is my understanding (that). More...
Today's Holiday

International Children's Book Day (2017)

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, because the Danish author's stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children's book author and a children's book illustrator for their contributions to children's literature. More...
In the News

Artificial Leaf May Power Homes in Developing World

A chemist has developed an "artificial leaf" solar cell that mimics photosynthesis and has the potential to produce enough energy to power individual homes. His device uses widely available and relatively inexpensive materials like silicon, nickel, and cobalt and is able to split water into its atomic components—hydrogen and oxygen. These gases may be stored in a small fuel cell and used to generate electricity. Placed in a gallon of water in bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity each day to power a house in a developing country. More...
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