Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

singsong

Definition:(adjective) Uttered in a monotonous cadence or rhythm as in chanting.
Synonyms:chantlike, intoned
Usage: The art of his reading was supposed to lie in rolling out the words, quite independently of their meaning, in a loud and singsong voice alternating between a despairing wail and a tender murmur.
Article of the Day

The Umbrella

In ancient times, small canopies were used to protect against the sun and denote rank in places like China and Egypt. In ancient Greece and, later, in Rome, the parasol came to be seen as an indispensable part of a fashionable lady's garb. The umbrella all but disappeared in Europe during the Middle Ages and did not reemerge until the late 16th century, when it was introduced as the parapluie—French for "against the rain." Slang terms for umbrella include brolly, gamp, and what else? More...
This Day in History

Caligula Becomes Emperor of Rome (37 CE)

When Caligula became the Roman emperor in 37 CE, replacing the hated Tiberius, the public welcomed his reign, and for a time it was uneventful. Seven months later, he fell severely ill, and when he recovered, he was a changed man. Suddenly, his reign was marked by financially ruinous extravagance, unmatched cruelty, and rampant executions, even of his former supporters. He was assassinated within a few years. What may have caused the mental instability Caligula displayed after his illness? More...
Today's Birthday

Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750)

Caroline Herschel was a British astronomer. At the age of 10, she contracted typhus, which permanently stunted her growth—but not her ambition. Her family assumed that she would never marry because of her height and trained her to be a household servant. But when her brother, Sir William Herschel, took up astronomy and accepted the position of King's Astronomer, she joined him as his assistant and assumed the laborious task of cataloguing thousands of stars and nebulae. What did she discover? More...
Quotation of the Day
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I do (something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiplingcotes Derby (2017)

The Kiplingcotes Derby, which is run along the Wolds Way in Yorkshire, England, on the third Thursday in March, dates back more than 450 years, making it the longest-running "flat race" (as opposed to the steeplechase, which involves jumping over obstacles) in England. The route along which the horses run measures four miles in length and cuts through five different parishes, supposedly following an ancient Roman road. It begins near South Dalton and finishes near Kiplingcotes Farm in the parish of Middleton-on-the-Wolds. More...
In the News

Atlantis Found, Researchers Claim

About 2,600 years ago, Plato wrote about Atlantis, describing it as an island situated in front of the Strait of Gibraltar that disappeared into the sea in a single day and night following an earthquake. The only known historical sources of information about the iconic city, Plato's "dialogues" were used by archeologists in their search for the lost city, which they believe was actually swallowed up by a tsunami. A US-led team now believes it has located Atlantis just north of Cádiz, Spain, and excavations are planned for the site. More...
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