Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

cheapjack

Definition:(adjective) Inferior in quality or value.
Synonyms:shoddy, tawdry
Usage: The boardwalk is rife with shabby shops selling cheapjack souvenirs.
Article of the Day

Q Scores

It stands to reason that people are more likely to watch TV shows starring their favorite actors and buy products sold by their favorite brands. To determine who and which these are, marketers turn to the Q score—a measure that uses opinion polls to quantify popularity. Since it tracks likability rather than just recognizability or viewership, the Q score is often touted as more valuable than other popularity measurements. What was Albert Einstein's Q score in 2000, 45 years after his death? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Announces Boycott of Summer Olympics (1984)

In response to the US boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the USSR, Cuba, and East Germany, boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. The USSR cited US "chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria" in its announcement of its decision not to participate. Thanks, in part, to the Soviet boycott, the US won 83 gold medals and 174 medals overall in Los Angeles. How did the US's unexpected success cost McDonald's millions? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrus Canisius (1521)

Canisius was a 16th century Jesuit preacher who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. His catechism, Summa Doctrinae Christianae, authorized in 1566, was one of the earliest popular expositions of the faith. The reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation was largely due to his zeal, and he was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925. What line is he credited with adding to the Hail Mary prayer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

engine room

The main source of talent, power, or ability in a team or group, likened to the room that houses a ship's engine. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of Nations (Minnesota)

The Festival of Nations takes place in St. Paul, Minnesota, a city of great ethnic diversity. Nearly 100 different ethnic groups participate in this event, which has been presented by the International Institute of Minnesota since 1932 and features costumes, folk craft demonstrations, and cultural exhibits. Folk dance and music performances run continuously and showcase performers from Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Polynesia, Norway, Ecuador, Armenia, and many other countries. Sidewalk cafes serve authentic food from more than four dozen countries. More...
In the News

Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the coelacanth, a primitive marine bony fish that is thought by some to be a close evolutionary ancestor of tetrapods—four limbed vertebrate animals of which humans are one example. Until 1938, when a living specimen was discovered, the coelacanth was believed to be long extinct. The fact that it was not only extant but also had evolved little over the previous 400 million or so years intrigued scientists, who set out to learn more about the "living fossil." The sequencing effort promises to shed new light on the elusive, deep-sea fish and perhaps even on the course of human evolution. More...
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