Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

terrify

Definition:(verb) To inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly.
Synonyms:terrorize
Usage: The thought of a slow, painful death terrifies me.
Article of the Day

The Giant Impact Hypothesis

The giant impact hypothesis—the favored scientific hypothesis for the formation of the Moon—proposes that the Moon was created from the debris of a collision between a young Earth and a Mars-sized celestial body. Evidence for the hypothesis includes Moon samples indicating that its surface was once molten, the Moon's apparently relatively small iron core and lower density than that of Earth, and evidence of similar collisions in other solar systems. What evidence is inconsistent with the theory? More...
This Day in History

Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. What are some theories about who the man might have been? More...
Today's Birthday

Dolley Madison (1768)

Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison's political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington from the advancing British soldiers. Why did she perform the duties of the first lady during Thomas Jefferson's administration? More...
Quotation of the Day
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

first impression

The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Tallahassee, Florida)

Emancipation Day in Tallahassee, Florida, is celebrated each year on May 20. That date marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union General Edward M. McCook announced that President Abraham Lincoln had ended slavery in Florida under the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation. Since 1997, the site of McCook's headquarters, now known as Knott House, has hosted an annual reenactment of the proclamation. A free public celebration follows, with additional speeches, period entertainment, and a picnic across the street in Lewis Park. More...
In the News

E-Books Outselling Printed Books on Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., has been selling printed books online since 1995 and began selling electronic books in 2007, after launching its Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle has since become the best-selling device designed specifically for reading digital books. Now, less than four years later, Amazon is selling more e-books than printed books. Since April 1, 105 e-books have been sold for every 100 printed books. Free e-books were not included in this comparison, meaning the total number of downloaded books is actually even higher. More...
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