Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

cerement

Definition:(noun) Burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped.
Synonyms:winding-clothes, pall, shroud
Usage: The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonor to his memory.
Article of the Day

The Marine Chronometer

Before the mid-18th century, navigators were unable to accurately determine their longitude at sea. In an effort to encourage innovators to develop a method for precisely determining a ship’s longitude, the British government began offering a prize in 1714. In 1735, John Harrison invented the first timepiece accurate enough to be used in such calculations. He spent the next 30 years improving his chronometer and was awarded a good deal of money as a result. What do ships use to navigate today? More...
This Day in History

George III Becomes King of Great Britain and Ireland (1760)

George III ascended the throne at the age of 22, during the Seven Years' War. The war had put England in financial distress, and George supported raising funds through taxation of the American colonies. This policy proved disastrous for him, as it provoked the American Revolution and led him to be blamed in part for losing the colonies. Later in life, George's mental health declined, and his son acted as regent after 1811. It has been suggested that he suffered from what hereditary disease? More...
Today's Birthday

Minnie Pearl (1912)

Pearl was an American country comedienne, born Sarah Colley in Centerville, Tennessee. One of the Grand Ole Opry's most iconic performers, she appeared on the show for more than 50 years, performing routines that gently poked fun at rural Southern culture. Outfitted in styleless "down home" dresses and a hat with a price tag that dangled over its brim, she also appeared regularly on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. On whom was the Minnie Pearl character based? More...
Quotation of the Day
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek: your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have seen (one's) day

To be beyond one's prime; to be no longer useful, effective, or functional. More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2016)

On October 25, 1983, the US and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
In the News

Few Consumers Read Nutrition Labels

Shoppers may think that they pay attention to nutrition labels when purchasing food, but the results of a new study suggest that many barely give them a glance. Though a third of participants in a recent study reported that they almost always check the calorie contents of food products, eye tracking showed that only nine percent actually did so. Placing nutrition labels in the center of food packaging could increase the likelihood that the labels will be read by consumers, since labels displayed in the center of a computer screen were viewed more often and for longer periods of time than those placed off to the side More...
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