Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 18, 2012)
Word of the Day

free-spoken

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion.
Synonyms:candid, forthright, frank, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder, outspoken, plainspoken, blunt
Usage: They appeared remarkable figures, free-spoken men with whom one could be at ease.
Article of the Day

Herbaria

A herbarium is a collection of dried and mounted plant specimens. Whole plants collected from the field are spread flat and dried, usually between absorbent sheets in a plant press. They are then mounted on stiff white paper and carefully labeled. Specimens are often poisoned as a precaution against insect attacks. Herbaria are said to be the "dictionaries" of the plant kingdom, containing the reference specimens essential to the proper naming of unknown plants. How are specimens organized? More...
This Day in History

William Tell Shoots an Apple Off His Son's Head (1307)

Tell is a famous Swiss folk hero who is remembered in a 15th-century chronicle as an expert marksman who assassinated a tyrannical Austrian governor. According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake and ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. When Tell refused, he was ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded and later escaped imprisonment to kill the governor—an event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832)

Nordenskiöld was a Finnish-born Swedish geologist, mineralogist, geographer, and explorer who wrote several valuable books on geography, cartography, and travel. In 1858, he settled in Stockholm and became professor and curator of mineralogy at the Swedish State Museum. He led several expeditions to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen between 1864 and 1873 and later became the first to sail from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage. He was also the first to break through what ice barrier? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thou know'st the o'er-eager vehemence of youth,
How quick in temper, and in judgment weak.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a golden hello

A sum of money paid to a new employee as a benefit for being recruited by a company. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Battle of Vertières' Day (2016)

This official public holiday memorializes the last battle for Haitian independence on November 18, 1803, in which Haitian rebels defeated the French colonialists. The victory at Vertières, near the present-day port city of Cap-Haïtien, signified the end of a long freedom struggle that stretched out over two major phases. Less than two months after the battle, Haiti became the first black independent republic. More...
In the News

Technology Allows Severely Brain-Injured Patient to Communicate

Technological advances are revealing that there is much doctors have yet to learn about the awareness levels of severely brain-injured patients. A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a vegetative state for more than a decade demonstrated this recently, when he communicated to researchers that he was not in any pain. Though he cannot speak or gesture, he can think, and researchers were able to interpret his brain activity. Hopefully, this technology will someday allow uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patients to relay information that could be used to improve their comfort and quality of life. More...
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