Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 04, 2015)
Word of the Day

macerate

Definition:(verb) To make soft, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result.
Synonyms:soften
Usage: The stale bread was left to macerate in a bowl of milk for a few hours.
Article of the Day

How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

Dry cleaning is the process of cleaning fabrics without water. Special solvents and soaps are used so as not to harm fabrics. The practice began in France in the middle of the 19th century, after a dye-works owner noticed that his tablecloth became cleaner after his maid spilled kerosene on it. Early solvents were extremely flammable and led to many fires and explosions. Newer chlorinated hydrocarbon synthetic solvents, such as perchlorethylene, are nonflammable but pose what other dangers? More...
This Day in History

The Kent State Shootings (1970)

In 1970, the US was in the midst of the Vietnam War, and antiwar demonstrations among students were common. When students at Ohio's Kent State University decided to protest the incursion of US forces into Cambodia, no one imagined it would end in tragedy. But National Guard troops called in to disperse the crowd opened fire, killing four and wounding nine others. The shooting sparked nationwide outrage and became a rallying point for antiwar activists. Where else were student protesters killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Horace Mann (1796)

Mann overcame limited early education to enter law and politics. He became secretary of Massachusetts' new board of education in 1837, at a time when the public school system was in poor condition. In his 12 years there, he established high schools, enhanced teacher training and pay, curbed child labor, and improved facilities and equipment. He fought for free, nonsectarian, universal schooling, greatly advancing education in the US. What quote is engraved on his monument at Antioch College? More...
Quotation of the Day
It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) wheelhouse

In, related to, or matching someone's general interests, abilities, or area of familiarity; in someone's comfort zone. More...
Today's Holiday

Rhode Island Independence Day (2017)

Rhode Island was the first and only state to declare its independence from England entirely on its own. On May 4, 1776, both houses of the General Assembly renounced the colony's allegiance to Great Britain—a full two months before the rest of the colonies followed suit on July 4. Rhode Islanders celebrate this event during May, which is Rhode Island Heritage Month, with flag-raising ceremonies, cannon salutes, and parades of local patriotic, veterans', and scouting organizations. More...
In the News

This Beetle's Butt Is Basically a Machine Gun

Ever heard of the bombardier beetle? It's aptly named: When threatened, the beetle doesn't just excrete deadly chemicals. It actually mixes them up in an internal chamber, then fires the reaction off as a near-boiling, high-speed spray from its rear ... More...
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