Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

inexpugnable

Definition:(adjective) Incapable of being overcome, challenged, or refuted.
Synonyms:impregnable
Usage: I felt the inexpugnable strength of common sense being insidiously menaced by this gruesome, by this insane, delusion.
Article of the Day

San Serriffe

On April Fools' Day 1977, Britain's The Guardian newspaper reported on the curious—but fictional—island nation of San Serriffe. The article described two islands—Upper Caisse and Lower Caisse—inhabited by colonists known as "colons" and "semi-colons," who celebrate events such as the Festival of the Well-Made Play. Since the article predated personal computers, typography was not widely known, and plays on words like "sans serif" eluded many readers. What is San Serriffe's national bird? More...
This Day in History

Hope Diamond Donated to the Smithsonian Institution (1958)

The Hope diamond is one of the largest blue diamonds known. Discovered in India, the original 115-carat stone was sold to King Louis XIV in the 1660s and remained part of the French crown jewels until a theft in 1792. In 1830, London banker Thomas Hope purchased a 45.5-carat diamond, now believed to have been cut from the stolen French jewel. After changing hands many times, the Hope diamond was eventually donated to the Smithsonian by jeweler Harry Winston. Why do some think the gem is cursed? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Burton (1925)

Richard Jenkins, better known by his stage name Richard Burton, was a dark, introspective actor who specialized in portraying conflicted men. His tempestuous marriage to Elizabeth Taylor led to an acting partnership that vaulted Burton to the top rank of stardom. Together they made 11 films, including Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew. Burton and Taylor were married twice, and their real-life marriage was popularly likened to the fictional marriage they portrayed in what film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

high note

The most successful, impressive, or climactic point (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

Devathani Ekadashi (2016)

Devathani Ekadashi is a Hindu festival, observed in rural areas, that celebrates the waking of Vishnu. Hindus believe that Vishnu's battle with the great demon Shankhasura was so exhausting that he went to sleep for a period of four months. Each year, Vishnu slumbers from the 11th day of Asadha until the 10th day of Kartika. During his long sleep, Hindu marriages and other ceremonies are not observed. Hindu women celebrate the festival by fasting, worshipping Vishnu, and singing hymns. Newly ripened crops, such as sugarcane and waternuts, may be eaten on this day for the first time. More...
In the News

Scientists Weigh in on Steroids Controversy

A new study on mice shows that brief exposure to testosterone helps them rebuild muscle later in life, suggesting that athletes who "juice" maintain an unnatural advantage even years after they stop and that the penalty for steroid use in professional athletics should therefore be a lifetime ban. It has long been believed that the benefits of steroid use disappear once their use is discontinued, but this study seems to contradict that, as do recent studies on humans. More...
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