Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

gormandize

Definition:(verb) Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself.
Synonyms:binge, glut, gorge, ingurgitate, overeat, overindulge, pig out, scarf out, satiate, stuff
Usage: After June all the little Court Society of Pumpernickel used to ... make for a hundred watering-places, where they drank at the wells, … rushed with hundreds of their kind to gormandize at the tables d'hote, and idled away the summer.
Article of the Day

Saint-Simon

Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, was a French courtier. Although disliked by King Louis XIV, Saint-Simon established himself at the court of Versailles, where he was privy to all sorts of gossip and petty intrigues. In 1739, he began writing his memoirs. Despite his lack of literary technique or regard for grammar, Saint-Simon’s behind-the-scenes account of life at the court is considered an indispensable, albeit flawed, historical source. After Saint-Simon's death, who seized his writings? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Hale Is Hanged for Spying (1776)

A young teacher at the start of the American Revolution, Hale joined the Continental Army and volunteered for the dangerous mission of spying on British forces. The inexperienced 21-year-old managed to penetrate the British lines but was captured and hanged without trial. His last words, reported as, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," became a symbol of the Revolutionary spirit. Yet, some question whether these were his exact words. What might he have actually said? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Faraday (1791)

Despite having little formal education, Faraday is responsible for some of the most significant scientific developments in history. His contributions include discovering electromagnetic induction, inventing the first electric motor and dynamo, developing the devices now known as Faraday cages, demonstrating the relation between electricity and chemical bonding, and discovering the effect of magnetism on light. In the 1850s, he refused—on ethical grounds—to advise the British government on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

legal eagle

An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. More...
Today's Holiday

Mali Independence Day (2017)

Mali gained its independence from France on September 22, 1960. As a colony since the 1890s, it was known as French Sudan. In ancient and medieval times Mali had a prominent role in a series of illustrious empires that spanned western Africa. Also known as Republic Day, this is an important national holiday in Mali. More...
In the News

Debating the Merits of Producing Three-Parent Babies

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is hosting a public consultation to discuss ethical and social issues surrounding a possible new fertility treatment, dubbed three-parent IVF, that would allow women with mitochondrial disease to have healthy children of their own by replacing their faulty mitochondrial DNA with healthy, donor DNA. The resulting fetus would thus carry the genetic material of three people. Discussion participants are being asked to weigh in on a number of topics, including how being a product of this technique would affect a child's sense of identity and what the status of the donor would be. More...
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