Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 01, 2015)
Word of the Day

villein

Definition:(noun) A person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord.
Synonyms:helot, serf
Usage: The novel told the story of a young villein who fell in love with the daughter of his feudal lord.
Article of the Day

The Eye

The eye is an organ of vision and light perception. In the human eye, the iris diaphragm regulates the size of the pupil, allowing more or less light to enter the eye as necessary. Light is focused by the combined action of the curved cornea, internal fluids, and lens. When light reaches the retina, located at the back of the eye, the light-sensitive rod and cone cells are stimulated. They, in turn, send signals to the brain via the optic nerve. How do the rods and cones differ in function? More...
This Day in History

Stanford University Officially Opens (1891)

California's Stanford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US. It has extensive research facilities and places a strong emphasis on scientific, technological, and social science research. It was established in 1891 by American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist Leland Stanford and his wife, as a memorial to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid in 1884 at age 15. In fact, the official name of the school is still what? More...
Today's Birthday

Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews (1935)

Andrews is a British actress and singer best known for her roles in films such as The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, for which she won an Academy Award. However, she was first a Broadway musical star. She made her London debut at age 12 in a revue and her New York City stage debut seven years later. She went on to originate the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Guinevere in Camelot. She also made several films with her director husband. Who was he? More...
Quotation of the Day
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Cyprus Independence Day (2016)

Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain on August 16, 1960. On that day, British governor Hugh Foot departed amid much ceremony, and Greek Cypriot freedom fighters landed on a plane from Athens with a heroes' welcome. The new Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977), gave a speech inspiring Cypriots to improve their new nation. Independence Day is observed as a public holiday on October 1 each year. More...
In the News

Tiniest Snail Ever Found Could Fit Through a Needle's Eye 10 Times

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Who knows? But 10 Angustopila dominikae snails can fit within the eye of a needle. The newly discovered snail species, found in China, may be the world's smallest land snail. The height of its shell is ... More...
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