Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

hireling

Definition:(noun) One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.
Synonyms:pensionary
Usage: The hireling said he would be willing to clean out the cesspool—for the right price.
Article of the Day

Davy Jones's Locker

Davy Jones's Locker is a euphemism for death at sea and refers to the bottom of the ocean, where drowned sailors lie. Many theories exist as to where the name “Davy Jones” stems from, but while its origins are unclear, its meaning is not; sailors use the term when referring to the devil of the sea. Jones was described by one 18th century author as having 3 rows of teeth, horns, a tail, and blue smoke coming from his nostrils. How was he portrayed in the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean? More...
This Day in History

Ken Jennings's Winning Streak on Jeopardy! Ends (2004)

In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive games on the television game show Jeopardy!—the longest streak in the program's history. His extensive knowledge of trivia earned him more than $2.5 million. Ratings for the show during his unprecedented streak increased by 22 percent. On his 75th appearance, the final answer was "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." Jennings incorrectly responded with "What is FedEx?" What was the correct response? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Chisholm was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1968, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in Congress. During her 15 years in the House, she was known for her strong, liberal views, including her opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War and her advocacy of employment programs. As a candidate for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, she won 152 delegates before withdrawing from the race. How many assassination attempts did she survive during her campaign? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

good for nothing

Entirely without value; of no use whatsoever. (Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Andrew's Day (2016)

St. Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus, but he is primarily known today as the patron saint of Scotland. St. Andrew's association with Scotland didn't come about until four centuries after his death, when some of his relics were brought there. Scots continue the custom of wearing a "St. Andrew's cross" on November 30, which consists of blue and white ribbons shaped like the letter X. The tradition for this form of a cross began no earlier than the 13th century. More...
In the News

Scientists tweak worms to give them the brains of another species, without ... - Washington Post

You might think that it would take genetic engineering -- or some Frankenstein-style cutting and pasting -- to give a worm the head and brain of another species. You'd be wrong. Scientists at Tufts University tweaked the cellular signals of flatworms ... More...
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