Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

prolix

Definition:(adjective) Tediously prolonged; tending to speak or write at excessive length.
Synonyms:voluble, wordy
Usage: She was engaged in editing a prolix manuscript, trying to cut the length by at least a third.
Article of the Day

Mentmore Towers

Mentmore Towers is a large Neo-Renaissance English country house built in the 1850s for Baron Mayer de Rothschild. It was passed down to members of his family until the 1970s, when the government refused to accept the contents of the house in lieu of inheritance taxes, at which point the property was sold at public auction. The house has been featured in what recent films? 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
Our friendship may never be perfect. No friendship is. But I hope it will last forever.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

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

Pluto-Features Naming Campaign Extended to April 24

You still have some time to nominate names for Pluto features that NASA's New Horizons probe will discover during its epic flyby of the dwarf planet this summer. The deadline for the "Our Pluto" naming campaign — a collaboration involving NASA, the ... More...
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