Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

statecraft

Definition:(noun) The art of conducting public affairs.
Synonyms:statesmanship, diplomacy
Usage: Only through superior statecraft was he able to avoid a war while simultaneously achieving favorable trade conditions.
Article of the Day

King Solomon

King Solomon was the third and last king of the united Israel, builder of the temple in Jerusalem, and renowned for his great wisdom, wealth, and power. His history is recorded in the Bible in Kings and Chronicles. What led to Solomon's decline and fall? More...
This Day in History

Synthesis of Californium Announced (1950)

The sixth transuranium element to be synthesized, californium is an artificially produced, radioactive metallic chemical element. A member of the actinide series of elements, it has isotopes with half-lives ranging from about 40 seconds to 900 years. One isotope, californium-252, is used as a neutron source in nuclear reactors. Which four scientists first produced californium in a cyclotron at the University of California at Berkeley? More...
Today's Birthday

John Wayne Gacy (1942)

Gacy was an American serial killer who was convicted and later executed for murdering 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Gacy buried dozens of his victims in a crawl space under the floor of his house and threw several others in a nearby river. Known as the "Killer Clown," he often performed as a clown at local parties and even had drinks at a local bar while in costume on a few occasions. Gacy took up painting while on death row. What motif appeared in many of his art works? More...
Quotation of the Day
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

cloud the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the US, held since 1824 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession was recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today, the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. More...
In the News

Many Abide by the Five-Second Rule

Whether or not they would admit this to friends, most respondents in a recent survey said they would eat—or have eaten—food that has fallen on the floor, with many noting that they follow the "five-second rule." This "rule" contends that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat so long as it is picked up within five seconds. The group that carried out the survey also looked into the validity of this "rule" by testing how much and how quickly bacteria is transferred from various floor surfaces to foods of varying moistness and stickiness. What do you think the team found? More...
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