Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

tailing

Definition:(noun) The act of following someone secretly.
Synonyms:shadowing
Usage: The private eye has been tailing my husband for the past week to gather evidence of infidelity.
Article of the Day

The Chaperon

The chaperon was a type of hood worn throughout Western Europe in the Middle Ages. It was especially fashionable in 15th-century Burgundy. The French verb chaperonner, meaning "to cover with a hood," was derived from the name of the headgear and later came to mean "to protect." Under the influence of the verb sense, the French noun chaperon came to mean "escort," a meaning that was borrowed into English by the early 1700s. Why was Joan of Arc denounced for wearing a chaperon? More...
This Day in History

Hymen Lipman Patents Pencil with Attached Eraser (1858)

In prehistoric times, lumps of colored earth or chalk were used as markers. The so-called lead pencil—a rod of graphite encased in wood—first came into use in the 16th century. However, it was not until the 19th century that the eraser was added—an innovation that earned Hymen Lipman a patent in 1858. In 1862, he sold his patent to Joseph Reckendorfer for $100,000. What happened to Reckendorfe's patent 13 years later? More...
Today's Birthday

Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction. What famous rock guitarist helped launch Clapton's comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

now (that) you mention it

An expression used when one remembers or realizes something because of what the other person has just said. More...
Today's Holiday

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day

This national holiday, instituted in 1996, honors an African-American religious sect once outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago. The Spiritual Baptists originally came to the islands as former American slaves. Their style of worship combines African and Baptist beliefs and practices, and services include bell ringing and shouting. In 1917, the government forbade the group from practicing their religion; this law was overturned in 1951. The national holiday honors the Spiritual Baptists' long struggle against religious persecution. It is observed with speeches and religious services. More...
In the News

Scientists Dub Walnut Healthiest Nut

Nuts are known to be healthy and nutritious, containing protein, vitamins, and minerals as well as dietary fiber, and the walnut may be the healthiest nut of all. According to researchers, walnuts contain twice as many antioxidants as other commonly eaten nuts. They also found the antioxidants in walnuts to be higher in quality and potency than those found in other nuts. Antioxidants are thought to protect the body from free radicals and reactive oxygen species by converting them into more stable substances. More...
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