Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 20, 2014)
Word of the Day

exculpate

Definition:(verb) To clear of guilt or blame.
Synonyms:acquit, assoil, exonerate, discharge, clear
Usage: He was exculpated from the charge when the real criminal confessed.
Article of the Day

The Monarch Butterfly

The monarch, with its distinctive orange and black pattern, is considered one the world's most beautiful butterflies. In North America, thousands of monarchs gather in autumn and migrate southward, sometimes more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km), and return north in spring. Their ability to return to the same spots over several generations has led scientists to research how circadian rhythm and the position of the sun are involved. What is aposematism, and how do monarch butterflies exemplify it? More...
This Day in History

Whaling Ship Essex Rammed by Whale (1820)

In 1819, the whaling ship Essex left Massachusetts for the South Pacific to hunt sperm whales. On November 20, 1820, in an incident that would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the Essex was rammed multiple times by a sperm whale and sank 2,000 miles (3,700 km) off the coast of South America. The crew took three small boats to a nearby island, but many soon set out again. Conditions in the boats worsened, and the sailors had to resort to cannibalism. How many survived? More...
Today's Birthday

Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866)

Landis was a US federal judge and the first commissioner of professional baseball. Named for a Georgia mountain where his father had been wounded during the Civil War, he practiced law in Illinois before serving as a US district judge. In 1907, he presided over a famous case in which the Standard Oil Company was found guilty of granting unlawful freight rebates and fined $29 million, but his decision was later reversed. He was named baseball commissioner in 1920 in the aftermath of what scandal? More...
Quotation of the Day
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

golden touch

The ability to earn a large amount of money or be very successful in any endeavor. From the Greek myth of King Midas, who was granted the ability to turn anything he touched into solid gold. More...
Today's Holiday

Trois Glorieuses (2016)

The Three Glorious Days is a French wine festival that occurs on the last weekend of November in Côte d'Or Department, Burgundy, in eastern France. On the first day, the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin receive their new members, followed by a pig dinner during which hundreds of bottles of wine are uncorked. The second day of the festival takes place at Beaune, where a wine auction is held at the Hospice de Beaune. On the final day in Meursault, everyone who has taken part in the work of the wine harvest is invited to a huge banquet with folk dancing and merrymaking. More...
In the News

Study Finds Supplements Do Not Ward Off Dementia

Higher levels of a chemical called homocysteine are believed to raise the risk of strokes and dementia, and vitamin B12 and folic acid lower homocysteine levels, leading researchers to investigate B12 and folic acid supplements as a possible means of preventing dementia. However, the results of a recent study found no difference in memory and thinking skills between those taking the supplements and those taking a placebo, suggesting that these supplements have little to no protective effect when it comes to dementia. More...
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