Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossify

Definition:(verb) To change into bone; to become set in a rigidly conventional pattern.
Synonyms:rigidify, petrify
Usage: It takes millions of years for organic remains to ossify and turn into fossils.
Article of the Day

Cobalt

Cobalt is a silver-white, lustrous, hard, brittle metal that is chemically active and rarely occurs uncombined in nature. It is, however, often found in meteoric metal. Cobalt compounds have been used for centuries to impart a rich blue color to glass, glazes, and ceramics. The element has been detected in Egyptian sculpture and Persian jewelry from the third millennium BCE. The word cobalt is derived from the German word for "goblin." Why was the element thus named? More...
This Day in History

16 May 1877 Crisis (1877)

On May 16, 1877—le Seize Mai—French Republic president Marie MacMahon, a monarchist, attempted to rescue the monarchical cause by dismissing the republican prime minister and replacing him with a monarchist leader and cabinet. When the Chamber of Deputies rejected the new government, MacMahon dissolved parliament and ordered new elections, precipitating a crisis. His efforts spectacularly backfired, however, when the republicans triumphantly returned to government through what means? More...
Today's Birthday

Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919)

Liberace began playing piano at the age of 4, and by 16, he had appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He soon began giving concerts in flamboyant costumes with ornate pianos, and though he occasionally performed with symphony orchestras, he built his career primarily upon popular music. Hugely successful, he hosted a television variety series, and, in later years, performed frequently in Las Vegas. During what decades was he said to be the world's highest paid entertainer? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

false modesty

A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

Whit Monday

The day after Whitsunday (Pentecost) is known as Whit Monday. The week that includes these two holidays, beginning on Whitsunday and ending the following Saturday, is called Whitsuntide. In the period from 1835 to just after the Civil War, Whit Monday was referred to as the "Dutch Fourth of July" in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where rural people came to eat, drink, and be entertained. In Lenhartsville, another Pennsylvania Dutch town, Whit Monday was known as Battalion Day, and it was characterized by music, dancing, and military musters. More...
In the News

Denver Zoo Penguins Go "Extinct" For Endangered Species Day

The Denver Zoo is highlighting the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day with a disappearing act by their penguins. On Friday, the zoo's African penguins will “vanish” for two short periods as part of a larger, national effort to ... More...
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