Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

lugubrious

Definition:(adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Synonyms:dreary, woeful, morose, funereal, doleful
Usage: He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child's birthday party.
Article of the Day

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world's greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year's label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine's labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? More...
This Day in History

Carbon-14 Discovered (1940)

Carbon-14 is a radioactive isotope of carbon having a mass number of 14 and a half-life of approximately 5,700 years. It occurs naturally, arising from cosmic rays, and is used as a tracer in studies of metabolism and in radiocarbon dating—a method of determining the age of carbonaceous, once-living material. Carbon-14 was discovered by Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben at the University of California Radiation Laboratory, but its existence had been predicted six years earlier by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

John Steinbeck (1902)

Steinbeck was an American writer perhaps best remembered for his strong, Pulitzer Prize-winning sociological novel The Grapes of Wrath, which is widely considered one of the great American novels of the 20th century. His later novels include Cannery Row, The Pearl, and East of Eden. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. One of Steinbeck's last works was Travels with Charley, a travelogue about a road trip across America. Who was Charley? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

alarm bell

A sudden warning or intimation of danger, risk, or ill fortune. (Often pluralized.) More...
Today's Holiday

Dominican Republic Independence Day (2016)

In the 1830s, Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876) organized a secret society known as La Trinitaria to fight the Haitians. After a long struggle, independence was finally declared on February 27, 1844. February 27 is still observed as the country's Independence Day and is celebrated with parades and political meetings. Dominicans usually celebrate Carnival along with Independence Day—thousands gather in the capital, Santo Domingo, for the traditional day-long parade and street party. More...
In the News

A Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger than the Sun

Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole that they say is 12 billion times the size of the Sun and formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole is larger than any of its age previously seen, the journal Nature ... More...
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