Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

inspissate

Definition:(verb) To undergo thickening or cause to thicken, as by boiling or evaporation.
Synonyms:condense, thicken
Usage: The recipe then instructed the cook to inspissate the sauce by adding flour.
Article of the Day

Contact Lenses

The contact lens, a thin plastic lens worn between the eye and eyelid, usually serves the same general corrective purpose as conventional glasses, but may be worn for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes as well. Leonardo da Vinci is frequently credited with having introduced the general principle of contact lenses, but it was A.E. Fick, a Swiss physician, who made the first, albeit uncomfortable, contact lens in 1887. According to estimates, how many people use contact lenses worldwide? More...
This Day in History

Unabomber Arrested (1996)

Between the late-1970s and the mid-1990s, an elusive bomber, dubbed the "Unabomber" by the FBI, perpetrated of a series of bombings in the US that killed three people and wounded 23. In 1995, the Washington Post and The New York Times published the Unabomber's lengthy manifesto after he pledged in return to end the bombings. A year later, the FBI, acting on information from the Unabomber's brother, arrested Theodore Kaczynski at his isolated cabin in Montana. Whom did he target? More...
Today's Birthday

George Herbert (1593)

Herbert was a British metaphysical poet, ordained priest and rector, and Cambridge University orator. His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633. The poems concern personal, doctrinal, and ritual matters and are noted for their mastery of metrical form, use of allegory and analogy, and religious devotion. Some are pattern poems, in which the lines form what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's no use in weeping,
Though we are condemned to part:
There's such a thing as keeping
A remembrance in one's heart...

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

control freak

Someone who has an obsessive or compulsive need to control every aspect of a situation and/or the ways in which others act. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day

For over 25 years (1958-1984), a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré ruled the small West African nation of Guinea. After Touré's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
In the News

?Medieval potion kills MRSA superbug

Could a 1,000-year-old concoction be the answer to stopping superbugs? Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert at the University of Nottingham, found the recipe for a remedy for eye infections in a 10th Century medical volume called Bald's Leechbook, one of ... More...
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