Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

coterie

Definition:(noun) An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose.
Synonyms:clique, ingroup, camp, pack
Usage: This little coterie of friends was composed of seven famous men, who possessed many talents in common, being poets and musicians, alchemists, philosophers, and mostly hard drinkers as well.
Article of the Day

Cat Coat Genetics

The genes that determine the length, pattern, coloration, and texture of a cat's fur are so complex that, theoretically, a practically countless number of distinct coats could be generated. These genes interact in such a way that they may cancel each other out in one generation only to manifest in the next. Some coloration is temperature-sensitive, creating cats that have darker fur on the tips of their bodies, where fur is cooler. Which type of cat looks like it has an M on its forehead? More...
This Day in History

Grand National Assembly of Turkey Is Founded (1920)

The treaty negotiated between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI liquidated the Ottoman Empire and virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty, but nationalists under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk were committed to establishing a sovereign Turkish state. During the struggle for independence, Atatürk pushed for the creation of a national assembly, which declared itself the supreme governing power when convened in 1920. When did it formally declare the sovereignty of Turkey? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Planck (1858)

Planck was an influential German physicist whose work on black body radiation earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He also discovered the elementary quantum of action, now known as Planck's constant. As the influential president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, he denounced Hitler's persecution of Jewish scientists and resigned in protest in 1937. Tragically, four of Planck's five children died before he did. One of his sons was executed after being implicated in what plot? More...
Quotation of the Day
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

hold (someone) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to someone in the future. More...
Today's Holiday

Holocaust Memorial Day (Israel) (2017)

Holocaust Memorial Day, or Yom ha-Shoah, was established by Israel's Knesset (parliament) as a memorial to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, the day on which Allied troops liberated the first Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany, in 1945. It is a commemoration that is observed by many non-Jewish people around the world. More...
In the News

Trading Burgers for Grasshopper Pie

Research shows that insects are a good source of protein and could meet the nutritional needs of a growing global population, which is why Marcel Dicke, a professor at a Dutch university specializing in food and food production, has written a cookbook to promote the use of bugs as a food source. To mark the book's launch, an insect chef will attempt to bake the world's largest grasshopper pie. Still, it will undoubtedly be difficult to convince many people, particularly those in Western cultures that typically shun eating insects, to trade their beef and pork for mealworms and grasshoppers. More...
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