Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

revetment

Definition:(noun) A facing, as of masonry, used to support an embankment.
Synonyms:stone facing
Usage: Like seawalls, revetments armor and protect the land behind them.
Article of the Day

Grapeshot

Grapeshot is a cluster of small iron balls loaded into a canvas bag and fired from a cannon. When a grapeshot-loaded cannon is fired, the balls disperse at a high velocity, causing devastation similar to that of a scaled-up shotgun. This ammunition was especially effective against infantry massed at close range and was used until the early 19th century, when it was largely replaced by metal-cased canister shot. Which pirate was killed by a blast of grapeshot? More...
This Day in History

Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

Founded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (1957)

The son of a British poet laureate and an actress, Day-Lewis is one of the most respected and critically acclaimed actors today. He is also one of the most selective, working only sporadically and maintaining a low profile between films. The intense method actor has won two Academy Awards for best actor, for 1989's My Left Foot and 2007's There Will Be Blood, and is known for his diverse and convincing roles. In 1997, he disappeared and became an apprentice in Italy—in what trade? More...
Quotation of the Day
Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in plain view

In full, unrestricted view; visibly, openly, or publicly. More...
Today's Holiday

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (2017)

A 10-day feast for the ears, the eyes, and the stomach held in New Orleans, Louisiana, this festival brings together thousands of musicians, artisans, and cooks who do their thing for more than half a million visitors. The concerts feature not only traditional and contemporary jazz, but also other music forms developed in New Orleans: ragtime, country, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, folk, and Latin. Food tents serve a multitude of indigenous foods, such as jambalaya, andouille, crawfish bisque, gumbo, frog legs, and so on. Hundreds of artisans also display their crafts. More...
In the News

A Brand New "Atlas" Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains

A man on the radio is talking about what it was like to come out to his family as gay. The sound of his voice streams into the ear of the listener and vibrates in the snail shell-shaped cavity of her cochlea. The sounds are translated into electric ... More...
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