Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

dissemble

Definition:(verb) Hide under a false appearance.
Synonyms:cloak, mask
Usage: So artfully can this people dissemble their sentiments that we had not been able hitherto to distinguish our real from our pretended favorers.
Article of the Day

The Business Plot

In 1933, retired US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that business tycoons were plotting to use a veterans' organization to overthrow President Franklin D Roosevelt and install a fascist dictator. The media ridiculed the claim, but a congressional committee concluded that his allegations were credible. Although historians question whether a coup was close to execution, most agree that a political conspiracy was at least contemplated. What businessmen were implicated in the plot? More...
This Day in History

Illinois Becomes the 21st US State (1818)

At the end the French and Indian Wars, France ceded the entire Illinois region to Britain. This region was an integral part of the Old Northwest that was brought within US boundaries 20 years later by the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution. In 1787, the area was officially designated the Northwest Territory. Made part of Indiana Territory in 1800, Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. In recent years, Illinois has earned recognition for being what sort of state? More...
Today's Birthday

George Brinton McClellan (1826)

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, McClellan was placed in command of the Union forces in Ohio. Appointed general-in-chief of the army by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, he cautiously conducted the Peninsular Campaign but failed to take Richmond. At the Battle of Antietam, he failed to destroy Robert E. Lee's army, and Lincoln removed him from command. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president against Lincoln. What did Lee once say about McClellan? More...
Quotation of the Day
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

gunner's daughter

obsolete A cannon or other such armament used on a naval vessel, to which seamen were bound so as to receive lashings during corporal punishment. (Usually used with the verbs marry, kiss, or hug + the.) More...
Today's Holiday

Noel Night (2016)

Noel Night is a community holiday celebration that takes place on the first Saturday of December in the University Cultural Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1973, Noel Night offers dozens of unique holiday displays and activities, including horse-drawn carriage rides, a living nativity scene, musical and comedy performances, holiday lighting, and an ice sculpture competition. A community sing-a-long led by the Salvation Army Band concludes the festivities, which take place between 5:00 PM and 9:30 PM. More...
In the News

Soft-Bodied Robot Design Inspired by Sea Creatures

Engineers—inspired by sea creatures like starfish, which lack hard skeletons and use a system of fluid-filled tubes to get around—have developed a soft, pneumatically-driven robot that can change its gait to navigate different obstacles and squeeze into and under tight spaces. The robot was made from flexible materials known as elastomers and contains a series of inflatable chambers that drive its movement. It is therefore able to navigate obstacles and terrain that would hinder the typical, rigid robot. More...
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