Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

erratum

Definition:(noun) An error in printing or writing, especially such an error noted in a list of corrections and bound into a book.
Synonyms:misprint, typo, literal error
Usage: Subsequent printings of the book contained an index of the errata that had been noted since the first printing.
Article of the Day

Pub Quiz

Largely a British phenomenon that spread to other nations after peaking in the early 1990s, pub quizzes are popular trivia games that take place in pubs around the world. Though participants often have to pay to play, pubs sometimes host free games in order to increase attendance and revenue on less busy nights. In this team game, players work together to win prizes that often include drinks, cash, or vouchers for pub fare. How are pub owners combating the recent spate of high-tech cheating? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

knock (one's) head against a/the wall

To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. More...
Today's Holiday

Daimonji Okuribi (2017)

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning "big," is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More...
In the News

NASA's New Climate Model of Ancient Venus Shows a Picture of a Habitable World

For a 2-billion-year-long span, ending about 715 million years ago, Venus was likely a much more pleasant spot that it is today. To observe Venus now is to witness a dry and toxic hellscape, where the planet heats up to a scorching 864 degrees Fahrenheit. A ... More...
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