Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

addendum

Definition:(noun) Textual matter that is added onto a publication, usually at the end.
Synonyms:supplement, postscript
Usage: In his pocket was a bottle, carefully corked, empty save for a little roll of paper, which proved to be the addendum to the log.
Article of the Day

Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is also the name of the emirate's main city, sometimes called "Dubai City." Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is distinct from the other emirates in that oil revenues account for only a small part of its gross domestic product, and it is the only emirate that has Hindu temples. More...
This Day in History

Euro Disney Resort, Now Disneyland Paris, Opens (1992)

Disneyland Paris is a resort complex located in the suburbs of Paris, France. Opened in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort, it features two theme parks, an entertainment district, and seven hotels. Initially, park attendance, hotel occupancy, and revenues fell below projections, but things began to turn around in 1995, with Euro Disney S.C.A. reporting its first quarterly profit. Today, the resort is one of Europe's leading tourist destinations. What were some of the objections to building this resort? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748)

A member of the French de Jussieu family of distinguished botanists, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification. He elaborated on the system of classification of his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu, in Genera plantarum, a work which influenced later systems of classification. He was professor at the Museum of Natural History, Paris, and organized its botanical collection. What other members of the de Jussieu family were botanists? More...
Quotation of the Day
A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

damn the torpedoes

To press on with a task or current course of action regardless of apparent risks or dangers. Attributed to David Farragut of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The actual order (if it ever existed) was: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!" More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Redemption Day

On April 12, 1980, 13 soldiers stormed Liberia's executive mansion, killing William R. Tolbert and 26 other government leaders. After the massacre, 13 cabinet members were publicly executed. The soldiers were led by Samuel Kanyon Doe, who immediately set up a military regime called the People's Redemption Council. He also declared April 12 National Redemption Day; for Doe's political opponents, National Redemption Day was a time to memorialize the many individuals who were killed in 1980. Today, many Liberians observe the anniversary by remembering the slain. More...
In the News

Get Charged Up in No Time

Well, "no time" may be a slight exaggeration, but it is not too far off the mark. An Israeli start-up has developed a prototype smartphone battery that can be fully charged in just 30 seconds. Rather than use lithium or nickel like conventional batteries, this battery uses "nanodots," tiny, self-assembling peptide nanocrystals discovered in the course of Alzheimer's research 10 years ago. It will be several years before the quick-charging battery makes it to market. More...
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