Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

cumulonimbus

Definition:(noun) An extremely dense, vertically developed cumulus with a relatively hazy outline and a glaciated top extending to great heights, usually producing heavy rains, thunderstorms, or hailstorms.
Synonyms:thundercloud
Usage: The cumulonimbus looming above our heads did not bode well for the future of our barbecue.
Article of the Day

The Pazzi Conspiracy

In the late 1400s, Pope Sixtus IV, his nephew Gerolamo Riario, Archbishop Salviati, and members of the wealthy Pazzi family hatched a plot to assassinate Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici. The Pazzi and Medici families were rivals, but the Pazzis were merely tools in the conspiracy, which aimed to increase Riario's power in Florence. On April 26, 1478, while attending High Mass at the Duomo, Giuliano was stabbed to death. What happened to Lorenzo? More...
This Day in History

Jamestown, Virginia, Founded (1607)

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. It was founded by the London Company on a peninsula—now an island—in the James River and named after the reigning English monarch, James I. Disease, starvation, and Native American attacks wiped out most of the colony, but the London Company continually sent more men and supplies. A successfully exported strain of tobacco was cultivated there by a colonist named John Rolfe, who later married what Native American princess? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Victor Auger (1899)

Auger was a French physicist who worked in the fields of nuclear and atomic physics and also advanced the study of cosmic rays. He directed the mathematical and natural sciences department at UNESCO from 1948 to 1959 and was instrumental in creating the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). In 1977, he was made a member of the French Academy of Sciences. The Auger effect as well as the world's largest detector of what are named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
A sudden, bold, and unexpected question, doth many times surprise a man, and lay him open.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

fall off the back of a truck

Of goods or merchandise, to be acquired by illegal or dubious means; to come into (someone's) possession without being paid for. More...
Today's Holiday

Jamestown Day (2016)

Jamestown, Virginia, is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, and it is also home to some other firsts‐both good and bad. It established the first representative government on the continent and built America's first Anglican (Episcopal) church, but it also brought the first African slaves to the colonies. On Jamestown Day, a commemorative service is held at the original settlement site, with speeches, choral selections, and a procession to the Memorial Cross, which marks the town's earliest cemetery. More...
In the News

Study: Acetaminophen Dulls Your Pain -- But Also Your Empathy

The side effects of popping a pain reliever containing acetaminophen are well-known: You may get stomach pains. You might feel nauseated. Well, add another possible one to the list: You'll feel less inclined to empathize with your fellow man. A new study ... More...
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