Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

lacing

Definition:(noun) The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows.
Synonyms:whacking, beating, drubbing, licking, thrashing, trouncing
Usage: If my mother ever caught me smoking, I would get the lacing of a lifetime.
Article of the Day

Aurochs

The probable ancestors of modern cattle, aurochs once inhabited forests in Northern Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia. The enormous—having a shoulder height of around 6 ft (1.8 m)—horned, black oxen are depicted in prehistoric cave paintings, and the species endured until the 17th century, when the last known aurochs died in Poland. Breeders have since tried to recreate the extinct species, but none have yet managed to produce a genetically identical animal. What has arisen from their efforts? More...
This Day in History

Marie Antoinette Guillotined (1793)

The daughter of Austrian Archduchess Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, Marie Antoinette was the queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI. Her devotion to Austria, reputation for extravagance, and connection to scandals made her unpopular and helped to provoke the French Revolution. After the storming of the Tuileries palace, she and Louis were accused of treason. The king was executed, and Marie was tried, found guilty, and guillotined. Did she really say "Let them eat cake"? More...
Today's Birthday

William Orville Douglas (1898)

Douglas, a US Supreme Court justice and author, practiced and taught law early in his career, before becoming a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1936. As SEC chairman, he engineered the reorganization of US stock exchanges, instituted measures aimed at protecting small investors, and began government regulation of the sale of securities. In 1939, the president appointed him to the Supreme Court. For what controversial act did Congress attempt to impeach Douglas? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Idiom of the Day

have it in for (someone)

To persistently try or desire to criticize, cause harm to, or harrass someone, especially due to a grudge. More...
Today's Holiday

Kawagoe Matsuri (2016)

Only during the Kawagoe Matsuri can festivalgoers view the enormous floats of old Edo (the old name for Tokyo). More than 20 richly decorated parade floats, thought to be reproductions of floats from Tokyo's Kanda-jinja Shrine, are carried through the streets of Kawagoe. In the evening, the floats come together and bump into one another in the center of town. Hyashi bands—which play traditional Japanese music on the flute, drum, shamisen (three-stringed lute) and other instruments—also spar with one another, trying their best to interrupt the others' rhythm. More...
In the News

Hail Yes!

Forget the Emerald City; on Saturn and Jupiter it is all about the diamonds. A team of US researchers is positing that lightning storms in the gas giants' upper atmospheres turn methane into soot, which hardens into graphite and then diamond as it falls. Tons of diamond hailstones may rain down on the planets each year, and while most are likely about a centimeter in diameter, some could best be described as "diamondbergs." Alas, these sparklers are not "forever." As the diamonds reach certain depths, the pressure and temperature become so great that they likely melt into a liquid carbon sea. More...
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