Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 31, 2013)
Word of the Day

calcareous

Definition:(adjective) Of, containing, or resembling calcium carbonate.
Synonyms:chalky
Usage: Immense accumulations of bird-guano gave the sides of Mount Mendif the appearance of calcareous rocks.
Article of the Day

The Trepov Incident

In July 1877, a Russian political prisoner refused to remove his cap in the presence of St. Petersburg governor Theodore Trepov, a colonel known for violently suppressing rebellions. In retaliation, Trepov ordered that the man be flogged, which outraged Vera Zasulich, a fellow prisoner allied with a revolutionary group. In January 1888, Zasulich wounded Trepov with a revolver shot. In the trial that followed, a sympathetic jury found Zasulich not guilty. What happened to her? More...
This Day in History

Arthur Guinness Signs a 9,000-Year Lease on His Brewery (1759)

Guinness is a celebrated Irish dry stout that originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness. When Guinness acquired his brewery, he famously signed a 9,000-year lease that fixed his annual rent at 45 pounds. From 1799, the brewery produced only its distinctive, dark, creamy Guinness stout, which became known as the national beer of Ireland. Although Guinness stout may appear to be black, it is officially a very dark shade of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth Arden (1884)

Born in Canada as Florence Nightingale Graham, Arden moved to New York City in 1907 and under her new name opened a beauty salon. Her business became an international empire based on salons, hundreds of "scientifically formulated" beauty products, and an exclusive image—all packaged in her trademark pink. Arden made makeup acceptable to "respectable" American women, introducing them to eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick tinted to match their outfits. What poem inspired her business name? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

high profile

A presence or stance that is deliberately conspicuous and prominent socially. More...
Today's Holiday

New Year's Eve (Spain) (2016)

In Spain, it is customary for families to gather on New Year's Eve in small groups to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Grapes are distributed, and, when midnight arrives, everyone eats one grape for each stroke of the clock. Eating all 12 grapes before the clock is finished striking ensures good luck in the New Year. The grapes are usually washed down with muscatel wine. So firmly entrenched is the custom that in theaters and cinemas, the show is often interrupted at midnight on New Year's Eve so that the audience can eat the grapes and drink the wine they've brought with them. More...
In the News

Yellowstone Supervolcano More than Twice as Large as Previously Thought

The supervolcano that sits beneath America's Yellowstone National Park and fuels such geothermal wonders as Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs is two and a half times larger than previously estimated. Scientists mapped the magma chamber underneath the Yellowstone caldera by analyzing seismic data and determined that it is 55 miles (88.5 km) long, 18 miles (29 km) wide, and contains 48 to 144 cubic miles (200 to 600 cubic km) of molten rock. If it were to erupt, the damage would be catastrophic and the effects felt worldwide. The supervolcano has erupted just three times in the past 2.1 million years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago. More...
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