Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

saturnine

Definition:(adjective) Showing a brooding ill humor.
Synonyms:glowering, moody, morose, sullen, glum, dour, sour, dark
Usage: Since he had heard of Lilla's death, the gloom of his remorse had made more hopeless his cruel, selfish, saturnine nature.
Article of the Day

Lucky Clover

The four-leaf clover is a rare mutation of the common three-leaf clover. There are an estimated 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. Believed to be an omen of good luck, the four-leaf clover's leaves represent faith, hope, love, and luck. It is not the only famous type of clover, however. The five-leaf clover is actually said to be luckier, while the three-leaf clover is Ireland's emblem, also known as a shamrock. What is the greatest number of leaves ever found on one clover? More...
This Day in History

Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851)

Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to pool its patents with other claimants to avoid litigation. At times, Singer used alternate names to accomplish what scandalous feat? More...
Today's Birthday

Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925)

In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for free as a marketing gimmick, but the book quickly became a phenomenal success. In 1975, Ross was assassinated. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Idiom of the Day

a knife in the back

A grievous or supreme act of treachery or betrayal. (Usually preceding "of/for (someone).") More...
Today's Holiday

Hope Watermelon Festival (2017)

Best known as the birthplace of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Hope, Arkansas, is also "Home of the World's Largest Watermelons" and hosts the only watermelon festival featuring giant watermelons. They are indeed large. Hope watermelon growers have been competing to grow the biggest since the 1920s. This is a festival of real down-home Americana: ice cream socials, a big fish fry, softball, arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment, antique car shows and hot air balloon rides. The watermelon events include a melon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest and a melon-judging and auction. More...
In the News

Gulf Dead Zone Roughly the Size of Connecticut

Human activities have created a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut—about 5,000 square miles (13,000 sq km). Though this is several thousand square miles smaller than it was at its peak, it remains the second-largest dead zone in the world. Dead zones develop when there is insufficient oxygen near the ocean floor to support marine life. In most cases, this results from an overgrowth of algae fed by excessive nutrient runoff from farming and other human activities. More...
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