Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 23, 2013)
Word of the Day

baronial

Definition:(adjective) Impressive in appearance.
Synonyms:imposing, noble, stately
Usage: Just as he had constructed a baronial residence for himself and his posterity, the fire rolled down upon the hearth and crumbled it to ashes.
Article of the Day

Graphics Processing Units

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a programmable logic chip that renders images, animations, and videos for a computer's screen. It is often located on a plug-in card or on the computer's main circuit board—the motherboard. The GPU functions as a coprocessor, taking some of the workload from the main processor so the computer can run faster. The Commodore Amiga, one of the first computer systems to gain a reputation for advanced graphics, contained a "blitter," which does what? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them? More...
Today's Birthday

John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. How many times was he married? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head in the sand

To refuse to acknowledge or deal with problems, danger, or difficulty, especially in the hopes that they will resolve themselves. The phrase is a reference to ostriches, which were believed (incorrectly) to hide their heads in the ground at the sight of approaching danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Hoshana Rabbah (2016)

Hoshana Rabbah is considered the last possible day on which one can seek forgiveness for the sins of the preceding year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, God seals the Book of Life—and thus each individual's fate for the coming year. But since the Middle Ages, Hoshana Rabbah has been regarded as an extension of the deadline for Divine judgment. According to an old Jewish folk belief, notes fell from Heaven on this day, informing people of how they had been judged. The traditional Yiddish greeting, a gute kvitl, "May you receive a good note," reflects this belief. More...
In the News

"Yeti" DNA Points to Polar Bear Relative

Most scholars reject the existence of the yeti, a large, hairy, humanoid creature reputed to inhabit the Himalayas, but a respected British geneticist believes there may be something to the stories. He tested hair samples collected from two unidentified animals purported to be yetis and matched the DNA to that of an ancient polar bear jawbone from Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago north of the Arctic Circle, that dates back 40,000 to 120,000 years. This, he says, could mean that an as-yet-unidentified bear species, perhaps some sort of brown bear-polar bear hybrid, resides in the region and is behind at least some yeti sightings. More...
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