Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

desiccant

Definition:(noun) A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
Synonyms:drier, drying agent, siccative
Usage: The shipment was packed with a desiccant to prevent humidity from warping the wood during transport.
Article of the Day

Marmalade

Marmalade is a sweet preserve with a bitter tang made from citrus fruit, sugar, water, and, in some commercial brands, a gelling agent. The term marmalade stems from marmelo, Portuguese for quince, which is the fruit originally used to make the preserve. The term marmalade first appeared in the English language in the 15th century, and has been used since the 17th century to refer to any preserve derived from citrus fruit. What is the legend of Dundee Marmalade? 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
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.

Henry James (1843-1916)

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

Brains aren't actually 'male' or 'female,' new study suggests

Lots of folks—well-intentioned and otherwise—like to point out the supposed differences between male and female brains. But it's time to throw away the brain gender binary, according to a study published Monday in ... More...
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