Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 14, 2014)
Word of the Day

inveigle

Definition:(verb) To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk.
Synonyms:cajole, coax, sweet-talk, wheedle
Usage: The salesman inveigled him so successfully that he paid twice the original price.
Article of the Day

Jasmine

Jasmine—also known as jessamine—is a genus of shrubs and vines in the family Oleaceae. It has about 300 species native to all continents except North America. Jasmine is prized for its very fragrant white or yellow blossoms, which, when dried, can be used to flavor tea. Jasmine oil is popular for perfumes and aromatherapy, even though jasmine flowers are too delicate to be distilled in the same way as true essential oils. Jasmine is thus called an "absolute" oil. What is Sampaguita? More...
This Day in History

First Shipboard Aircraft Takeoff (1910)

A year after learning to fly, aviator Eugene Ely performed an experiment for the US Navy: he took off from a temporary platform built over the bow of the USS Birmingham, anchored off Virginia's coast, and became the first person to take off from a ship in a fixed-wing aircraft. Two months later, he performed the first shipboard landing, using the first tailhook system to land on the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, California. He died less than a year later while doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Astrid Lindgren (1907)

Lindgren was a Swedish children's book author and screenwriter best remembered for writing the series of books featuring the character Pippi Långstrump, or Pippi Longstocking. Pippi, an unconventional, assertive, and extraordinarily strong girl—recognized by her fiery red hair worn in braids that stick out sideways from her head—was featured in many of Lindgren's hundreds of books, which sold roughly 145 million copies worldwide. What other memorable characters did Lindgren create? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Today's Holiday

Lord Mayor's Show (2015)

The second Friday in November is Lord Mayor's Day in London, the day on which the city's Lord Mayor is admitted to office. The following day is the Lord Mayor's Show, a series of civic ceremonies held since 1215 that culminate in a parade to the Law Courts. Today, the Lord Mayor rides from Guildhall to the Law Courts in a scarlet and gold coach drawn by six matched horses. Accompanying the coach is an honor guard of musketeers and pikemen in period dress, as well as many bands and numerous floats decorated to reflect the interests or profession of the new Lord Mayor. More...
In the News

UN Panel: Fossil Fuels Must Be Phased Out by 2100

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-backed panel of experts, has concluded that the unrestricted use of fossil fuels without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology should be phased out by 2100 if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. While the costs of phasing out fossil fuel use and transitioning to renewable energy sources will undoubtedly be steep, failing to make the necessary changes will be more costly in the long run. More...
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