Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 15, 2012)
Word of the Day

collocation

Definition:(noun) The act of positioning close together (or side by side).
Synonyms:juxtaposition, apposition
Usage: Nina gained notoriety among interior designers for her brilliant collocation of unusual colors and shapes.
Article of the Day

Composting

Compost is a dark, soil-like substance made of decomposed plant material. It is generally used in agriculture to improve soil structure and as a form of fertilizer. A range of methods and tools can be used for composting, but the process can also be as simple as letting a pile of dead plant matter—such as grass clippings or vegetable waste—sit and decompose for a year or more. Even in winter, the interior of the pile will remain hot due to the digestive action of microbes. What is "compost tea"? More...
This Day in History

Charles Goodyear Granted Patent for Vulcanization (1844)

Goodyear was the inventor of vulcanization, a process that makes rubber harder, less soluble, and more durable. Previously, rubber products were sticky and volatile, often melting in heat or hardening in cold. He obtained a patent for vulcanization in 1844 but was still badly in debt at the time of his death. Goodyear had no official connection to the famed Goodyear Tire Company, which was founded decades later and named in his honor. Why was he in prison when he began experimenting with rubber? More...
Today's Birthday

Hugo Pratt (1927)

Italian comic book author Hugo Pratt spent his early childhood in Venice and moved with his parents to Ethiopia when he was 10. Following WWII, he returned to Italy, but he did not remain there for long. Pratt traveled widely, and his wanderlust is mirrored in his best-known character, Corto Maltese, a roving sea captain and adventurer. A meticulous researcher, Pratt often incorporated actual historic figures and events into Maltese's fictional adventures. Where was Pratt imprisoned as a child? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in some sense

Partly; in some or certain way(s). More...
Today's Holiday

CMA Music Festival (2017)

This country feast of music is held over a long weekend in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, also known as "Music City, U.S.A." and the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Yearly attractions include stage shows and concerts, autograph-and-picture-taking sessions with big-name stars, some 300 booths and exhibits, fan-club banquet dinners, and a celebrity auction that gives bidders a chance to buy such items as Junior Sample's overalls from TV's "Hee Haw" or Dolly Parton's boots. More...
In the News

Bulgarian Museum to Display "Vampire" Skeleton

Bulgaria's national history museum plans to display a new item in its collection next week: a vampire. The so-called vampire is in fact the 700-year-old skeleton of a man who was pierced through the chest with an iron rod—after death—in a pagan ritual intended to prevent him from turning into a bloodsucking immortal. Archaeologists excavating a monastery near the Bulgarian city of Sozopol recently discovered the remains, which date to a time when superstitions about vampires were widespread in the region. The director of the museum said excavations have unearthed more than 100 "vampire" burial sites throughout the country, mostly of noblemen who were pierced with wooden or iron stakes. More...
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