Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 03, 2012)
Word of the Day

dewy-eyed

Definition:(adjective) Naive, innocent, or trusting, especially in a romantic or childlike way.
Synonyms:childlike, simple
Usage: I knew that if I ever told her the truth about what I had done, she would lose that dewy-eyed innocence that I had worked so hard to preserve.
Article of the Day

Honorificabilitudinitatibus

The longest word in the English language featuring alternating consonants and vowels, honorificabilitudinitatibus appears only once in Shakespeare’s works—in Love's Labour's Lost (1598). Its use has been cited by Baconists as evidence that Francis Bacon was the real author of Shakespeare's plays. They see in it an anagram for hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi, meaning "these plays, F. Bacon's offspring, are preserved for the world." What does the original word mean? More...
This Day in History

Nellie Tayloe Ross Becomes First Woman to Head US Mint (1933)

In 1925, following the death of her governor husband, Ross was elected to serve out the remainder of his term, becoming the US's first female governor. She remained politically active after her gubernatorial term and was appointed director of the US Bureau of the Mint in 1933—becoming the first woman to hold that office as well. In her 20 years as director, she saw the Mint through the economic throes of the Great Depression and through WWII. What did Ross do before becoming governor? More...
Today's Birthday

Bernhard von Bülow (1849)

A German statesman, von Bülow was appointed state secretary for the foreign department in 1897. He quickly became a potent force and succeeded to the chancellorship in 1900, serving until 1909. Together with Emperor William II, he pursued a policy of German aggrandizement in the years preceding WWI, inadvertently antagonizing the English, French, and Russians, who eventually formed an alliance against Germany. He lost the emperor's confidence in the Daily Telegraph affair, which was what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

don't let the door hit you on the way out

Leave here quickly and directly; don't linger on your way out the door. Used sarcastically to express one's desire to see someone leave. More...
Today's Holiday

Hakata Dontaku

The largest festival in Japan, Hakata Dontaku is held in Fukuoka City during Golden Week, the first week in May. The festival originated in the Muromachi Period (1333-1568) as a procession of the merchants of Hakata, an old section of Fukuoka City, paying their new year visit to the daimyo, or feudal lord. The festival highlight is a three-hour parade with legendary gods on horseback, floats, and musicians playing samisens (a three-stringed instrument similar to a guitar), flutes, and drums. More...
In the News

Ground Warmer below Wind Farms

Humans have been using wind power for millennia, and in the past several decades, as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming, there has been a surge in the number of power-producing wind farms. However, this so-called clean energy source may also have unintended weather effects. Measurements of ground temperatures around wind farms show that nighttime temperatures on the ground have increased, likely because the turbines' blades pull down warmer air as they spin. Over about a decade, the nighttime air around the wind farms became about 1.3° F (0.72° C) warmer, compared with the surrounding area. More...
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