Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

acrimony

Definition:(noun) Bitter, sharp animosity, especially as exhibited in speech or behavior.
Synonyms:acerbity, bitterness, jaundice
Usage: Their divorce was marked by bitter acrimony, even though their friends had hoped it would be amicable.
Article of the Day

Adirondack Forty-Sixers

The Adirondack Forty-Sixers is a club whose members have successfully climbed all 46 of the traditionally recognized High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. The first "46ers" devised the criteria for the club in the early 20th century, selecting only those summits that rise more than 4,000 ft (1,219 m) above sea level and have at least 300 ft (91 m) of vertical rise on all sides. Some take the challenge further and re-climb all the peaks in winter. How long is the winter 46 season? More...
This Day in History

Cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial Is Laid (1939)

The construction of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 1934. In 1939, US President Franklin Roosevelt presided over a ceremony during which the cornerstone of the monument was laid. Completed and dedicated in 1943, the white marble building, designed by John Russell Pope, is a circular structure with a domed ceiling, surrounded by 26 columns. Inside is a bronze statue of Jefferson. Why was a temporary plaster statue initially erected there? More...
Today's Birthday

Felix Frankfurter (1882)

Frankfurter was a US Supreme Court justice and presidential adviser. He served as secretary of war under President William H. Taft, advised President Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, and advised President Franklin D. Roosevelt on many New Deal programs. In 1939, Roosevelt named him to the Supreme Court, where he served until 1962. In 1920, Frankfurter helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and argued in favor of what infamous pair of defendants? More...
Quotation of the Day
All things are admired either because they are new or because they are great.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

glad tidings

Favorable, beneficial, or happy news. Usually used with the verbs "give" or "bring." More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the German-Speaking Community (2016)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. This day is an occasion for German speakers to celebrate their ethnic heritage and political autonomy. To mark the occasion, regional flags are hung from public buildings in the German-speaking region as well as at locations outside the region with affiliations to the German-speaking community. This holiday falls on the same date as the King's Birthday, a celebration of Leopold I (1790–1865) that has special relevance for the community. More...
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In the News

Scientists Just Can't Stop Studying Falling Cats

George Gabriel Stokes was a bushy-sideburned Irish physicist and mathematician who for half of the 19th century was the University of Cambridge's Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held at other times by Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking. A theorem ... More...
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