Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

perpetuity

Definition:(noun) The property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless).
Synonyms:sempiternity
Usage: Whoever has travelled in the New England States will remember...the air of order and stillness, of perpetuity and unchanging repose, that seemed to breathe over the whole place.
Article of the Day

Ethelred the Unready

Ethelred was about 10 years old when his half-brother, the King of England, was murdered—possibly by Ethelred's advisors. He took the throne in 978 CE and reigned for nearly 40 tumultuous years. Danes began attacking the coast of England while he was still a teen. He failed to mount an organized defense against them, and his later massacre of a Danish settlement provoked more attacks. Though often translated as "unready," Ethelred's epithet, "Unraed," may have in fact been a pun meaning what? More...
This Day in History

The Armory Show Opens in New York City (1913)

The Armory Show was an international exhibition of modern art held in 1913 at the 69th-regiment armory in New York City. Representing a range of avant-garde movements in Europe, the show was one of the most important art exhibitions ever held in the US. The Armory Show aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. What painting at the exhibition was singled out by hostile critics as emblematic of the so-called insanity and degeneracy of modern art? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas John Watson, Sr. (1874)

After rising from clerk to sales executive in the National Cash Register Co., Watson became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which made scales, time clocks, and tabulators that sorted information using punched cards—all forerunners of mainframe computers. Watson renamed the company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924 and became its chairman in 1949, widening IBM's line to include electronic computers. What one-word motto did Watson promote at IBM? More...
Quotation of the Day
The fortunes of war more than any other are liable to frequent fluctuations.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a fine state of affairs

A situation that has gone wrong and is very problematic. The term is an instance of irony or sarcasm. More...
Today's Holiday

Quirinalia (2016)

Quirinus was an ancient Roman deity who closely resembled Mars, the god of war. His name is associated with that of the Quirinal, one of the seven hills on which Rome was built. Eventually, Quirinus was identified with Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome, and his festival on February 17 coincided with the date on which Romulus was believed to have been deified. This festival was also associated with the advent of spring warfare, when the shields and weapons of the army, which had been purified and retired for the winter, were brought out. More...
In the News

Miniature Madagascar Chameleon Fits on a Match Head

Scientists in Madagascar have found four new species of tiny chameleon, one of which is so small it can balance on the head of a match. Brookesia micra reaches a maximum length of just 29 millimeters and is one of the tiniest reptiles in the world. Scientists suspect that its diminutive size is the result of an extreme case of island dwarfism, an evolutionary phenomenon whereby a species becomes smaller over time in order to adapt to a limited habitat, such as an island. The little lizards live in very limited ranges, some of which are being encroached upon by city expansion, and face an uncertain future. More...
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