Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

presentment

Definition:(noun) A show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view.
Synonyms:demonstration
Usage: He added a few remarks of a financial character, which completed a sufficiently striking presentment of his resources.
Article of the Day

Plimpton 322

Plimpton 322 is a Babylonian clay tablet believed to have been created around 1,800 BCE. Approximately 5 inches (13 cm) wide and 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall, the tablet's surface is marked by four columns of cuneiform numbers. Many mathematicians believe that the ancient spreadsheet—possibly used by a teacher to assign math problems to a student—demonstrates an understanding of Pythagorean mathematics that predates Pythagoras by more than 1,200 years. What do the numbers in each column represent? More...
This Day in History

"Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick" (1901)

While speaking at the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt used the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Four days later, President McKinley was shot, and, after McKinley died on the 14th, Roosevelt became president. The statement he made in Minnesota became forever associated with his foreign policy of backing up negotiations with implicit military might, and political cartoons often portrayed him toting the proverbial stick. What is the rest of the saying? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederick Soddy (1877)

Working with Ernest Rutherford, Soddy developed a theory of the disintegration of radioactive elements. In 1912, the British chemist was among the first to conclude that elements might exist in chemically indistinguishable forms—now known as isotopes—of different atomic weights. In his 1920 book Science and Life, he described the use of isotopes in determining geologic age. He later applied his scientific background to economic theories. What H.G. Wells novel was inspired by his work? More...
Quotation of the Day
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

be (one's) last resort

To be the only remaining thing or person that may help one or be of any use after all other options have been exhausted. More...
Today's Holiday

Cherokee National Holiday (2017)

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the establishment of the Cherokee Nation. There is a rodeo, a native dance competition, a powwow, and a parade with colorful floats and Cherokees in ceremonial dress. Native American arts and crafts are on display, and visitors can sample Native American foods. Games and sports at the festival include a golf tournament, a horseshoe tournament, a cornstalk shoot, a blowgun shoot, and a traditional Indian marble game. More...
In the News

Curved Glasses Lead to Faster Guzzling

"Straight, not curved" may join "shaken, not stirred" as a way to order an alcoholic beverage, thanks to a recent study. Scientists at the University of Bristol filmed 159 men and women drinking either soft drinks or beer and found that beer drinkers drank more quickly from curved glasses than straight ones. Though the glass shape did not impact drinking time for soft drinks, people drinking beer from a curved glass took seven minutes to finish, compared to 11 minutes from a straight glass. The researchers say the difference in speed might be due to the fact that people pacing their consumption may find it more difficult to judge how much liquid is left in a curved container. More...
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