Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

dewy-eyed

Definition:(adjective) Naive, innocent, or trusting, especially in a romantic or childlike way.
Synonyms:childlike, simple
Usage: I knew that if I ever told her the truth about what I had done, she would lose that dewy-eyed innocence that I had worked so hard to preserve.
Article of the Day

Honorificabilitudinitatibus

The longest word in the English language featuring alternating consonants and vowels, honorificabilitudinitatibus appears only once in Shakespeare’s works—in Love's Labour's Lost (1598). Its use has been cited by Baconists as evidence that Francis Bacon was the real author of Shakespeare's plays. They see in it an anagram for hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi, meaning "these plays, F. Bacon's offspring, are preserved for the world." What does the original word mean? More...
This Day in History

The Old Man of the Mountain Collapses (2003)

The Old Man of the Mountain was an iconic rock formation in the Franconia Notch mountain pass of New Hampshire. Protruding from the side of a cliff, about 1,200 feet (366 m) above a lake, it looked like a craggy, 40-ft (12-m) human face. Years of freezing weather and the feature's already precarious position caused the beloved local symbol and tourist destination to collapse in 2003. American statesman Daniel Webster once said that the Old Man was God's way of saying what? More...
Today's Birthday

William Motter Inge (1913)

Inge worked as a teacher and newspaper critic before winning recognition as a dramatist. His plays sympathetically portray the aspirations and frustrations of Midwestern small-town life. He first earned notice in 1950 with Come Back, Little Sheba, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for Picnic. Several of his works were made into films. By the 1960s, his reputation as a dramatist declined, and he turned to writing novels. Plagued by alcoholism and illness, he died in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

in the view of (someone)

In someone's or some group's opinion. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de la Santa Cruz (2017)

The Day of the Holy Cross, known elsewhere as the Exaltation of the Cross, is an important one throughout Latin America. Crosses that are normally found in the churches are repaired and repainted, or carried in procession through the streets. In Venezuela, the celebration is known as Velorio de Cruz. People set up special altars in their homes that include crosses, lighted candles, and images of the saints. Musicians and poets from all over the country come to perform in front of these altars. While playing their instruments, they improvise rhymed couplets and other poetic forms. More...
In the News

Ground Warmer below Wind Farms

Humans have been using wind power for millennia, and in the past several decades, as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming, there has been a surge in the number of power-producing wind farms. However, this so-called clean energy source may also have unintended weather effects. Measurements of ground temperatures around wind farms show that nighttime temperatures on the ground have increased, likely because the turbines' blades pull down warmer air as they spin. Over about a decade, the nighttime air around the wind farms became about 1.3° F (0.72° C) warmer, compared with the surrounding area. More...
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