Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

cocksure

Definition:(adjective) Marked by excessive confidence.
Synonyms:overconfident, positive
Usage: He was arrogant and cocksure but also sensitive and understanding, and I loved him dearly.
Article of the Day

Lekking

A lek is a traditional site where both males and females of a species congregate during the breeding season. It is comprised of a number of small territories, each occupied by a single male. There, the males attempt to attract a mate by sparring with their neighbors or putting on extravagant visual or aural displays, such as mating "dances," vocal challenges, or plumage displays. What is the "lek paradox"? More...
This Day in History

King Macbeth Is Killed (1057)

Macbeth was originally a governor and military commander under Scottish King Duncan I, whose ancestors had seized power from the ancestors of Macbeth's wife. Macbeth ascended to the throne by killing Duncan in battle in 1040 and ruled Scotland for the next 18 years. In 1057, Macbeth was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan by Duncan's son Malcolm. Malcolm was crowned king the following year. Is Shakespeare's famous tragedy about Macbeth historically accurate? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Walter Scott (1771)

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is widely regarded as both the inventor of the historical novel and one of the genre's greatest writers. His extremely popular "Waverley" series consists of more than two dozen romances of Scottish life. The first, published in 1814, was an immediate success, yet Scott continued to write anonymously until 1827. In 1825, his business nearly failed. By what means did he attempt to stave off bankruptcy, eventually achieving financial solvency after his own death? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

be knocking on heaven's door

To be dying; to be approaching or very close to death (i.e., about to be admitted into the afterlife). More...
Today's Holiday

Korea Liberation Day (2017)

This Korean holiday commemorates the surrender of Japan to the Allies in 1945, liberating Korea from Japan's 35-year occupation. The day also commemorates the formal proclamation of the Republic of Korea in South Korea in 1948, but it is a national holiday in both Koreas. More...
In the News

6000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear and Tear

American doctors have been noticing an increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. They have suspected two driving forces: more old people and more people who are overweight. A study published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ... More...
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