Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 06, 2016)
Word of the Day

palpitation

Definition:(noun) A trembling or shaking.
Synonyms:shakiness, trembling, quiver, vibration
Usage: Cornelius put his hand on his heart, to repress as it were its violent palpitation.
Article of the Day

Chekhov's Gun

Chekhov's gun is a literary technique in which a seemingly insignificant element is introduced early in a story and later becomes crucial to the plot. It is named for famed Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, who felt strongly that any object introduced in a story must be used, or it should not be featured in the first place. The technique has remained popular and is widely used in modern literature, film, and television. What popular fantasy novels frequently feature this plot device? More...
This Day in History

Nasir Khusraw Embarks on Seven-Year Middle East Journey (1046)

Khusraw, a Persian poet, philosopher, scholar, and traveler, is considered one of the great writers of Persian literature. His most famous work is the Safarnama, an account of his seven-year journey through the Islamic world, during which time he made pilgrimages to the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and visited many cities, including Jerusalem and Cairo. The work stands out as the most authentic account of the Islamic world at that time. He traversed what distance in those seven years? More...
Today's Birthday

Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619)

Cyrano de Bergerac was a French writer and freethinker who satirized the customs and beliefs of his time. He wrote two romances about visits to the moon that are classics of early modern science fiction and inspired later writers such as Jonathan Swift. His swaggering personality, evinced by the many duels he fought over insults to his unusually large nose, was romanticized by Edmond Rostand in the verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac. How much of the play is an accurate reflection of his life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

beauty queen

A woman who has won, or looks as if she could win, a beauty pageant. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

This New Artificial Skin Can Glow, Stretch – and Walk

Most electronics can't handle pressure, and even wearable tech does not respond well when stretched to 500 percent of its original size. A new, cell phone-sized artificial skin developed at Cornell University, however, not only stretches under pressure, but also ... More...
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