Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

haversack

Definition:(noun) A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
Synonyms:backpack, knapsack
Usage: She carried the heavy haversack for most of the hike.
Article of the Day

Nori: Vegetable of the Sea

Nori is the Japanese name for an edible, dried preparation of red algae of the genus Porphyra. It is farmed in the sea, where Porphyra plants grow attached to nets suspended at the sea's surface. Farmers operate from boats and use mechanical harvesters to collect their crops. The nori sheets are then produced in a process that is quite similar to papermaking and involves a shredding and rack-drying process. This “sea vegetable” is commonly used in the preparation of what foods? 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 His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633.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
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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

Where Do Spiders Come From? A Tiny, Prehistoric "Almost Spider" Offers Clues

Scientists have described a 305-million-year-old fossilized creature that looks exactly like a modern-day spider. But it is not a spider. The 1.5 cm creature has been stored in the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris since it was first unearthed in ... More...
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