Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

offprint

Definition:(noun) A reproduction of or an excerpt from an article that was originally contained in a larger publication.
Synonyms:separate, reprint
Usage: The researcher was unable to locate the original, full-text publication and had to make do with an offprint that was published later.
Article of the Day

The Garrote

Macabre enough to earn an appearance in two James Bond films, the garrote, a weapon used for strangulation, was used in Rome as early as the first century. The device takes many forms and can be made from a variety of materials, including chain, rope, fabric, wire, or fishing line. Used throughout history and as recently as 1974 in Spain, garrotes were also developed as execution devices. What nation became the last country in the world to abolish the death penalty by garroting in 1990? 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
With Women, we speak of "love", "duty", "right", "wrong", "pity", "hope", and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

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...
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In the News

Life Brewing in Martian 'Ice Cauldrons'? Maybe, Say Scientists.

Double, double, toil and trouble... In the search for signs of Martian life, researchers have turned their attention to odd, funnel-shaped depressions on the Red Planet’s surface. The geological formations closely resemble the so-called “ice cauldrons” found ... More...
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