Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

shivaree

Definition:(noun) A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds.
Synonyms:belling, callithump
Usage: The clamorous shivaree stood in stark contrast to the refined, reserved marital ceremony it followed.
Article of the Day

Underwater Archaeology

Underwater archaeology, a branch of maritime archaeology, is the study of past human life, behaviors, and cultures using the physical remains found in bodies of water or buried beneath water-logged sediment. Researchers in this field generally examine the sites of shipwrecks, submerged airplanes, structures created by humans in water bodies, and places where people once lived that have since been flooded or covered by water. How do divers record their findings underwater? More...
This Day in History

The Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the opening engagements of the American Revolution. While marching from Boston to Concord to seize colonists' military stores, a British force of 700 was met at Lexington by 77 local minutemen. After a brief exchange of shots, the outnumbered colonists fell back. The British continued on to Concord, where they were defeated by a militia of about 500. Who had been sent to warn the people of the Massachusetts countryside about the impending British attack? More...
Today's Birthday

David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his "iron law of wages," what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped; but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

like death warmed up

In a state or appearance of extreme ill health. (Often preceded by "look" or "feel.") More...
Today's Holiday

Mahavira Jayanti (2016)

A major Jain festival in India, Mahavira Jayanti is dedicated to Vardhamana (6th century BCE), who came to be known as Mahavira, meaning "great hero," of the Jains. The festival celebrates his birthday and is marked with prayers, fasting, and recitations. The holiday is observed with special fanfare by eastern Indians at Pawapuri in the state of Bihar, where Mahavira was born. Another large celebration is held at the Parasnatha temple in Calcutta. Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, is regarded by Jains as the 24th and last in a series of Tirthankaras, or enlightened teachers. More...
In the News

Study with Mice May Lead to Treatment for Stuttering

Although stuttering has baffled scientists for centuries, researchers think they've pinned the primary cause down to a genetic mutation, which they say could eventually lead to a treatment for the condition. Stuttering is biological in origin, though ... More...
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