Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 1, 2013)
Word of the Day

stockpile

Definition:(noun) Something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose.
Synonyms:reserve, backlog
Usage: Over the years, Gina has amassed quite a stockpile of office supplies from her job.
Article of the Day

Late 16th-Century European Fashions

From 1550 to 1600, European fashions became increasingly opulent. Garments were embellished with slashed and puffed fabric and gemstones. Ruffs grew from a narrow frill at the neck to a broad "cartwheel" style requiring wire support. Women dressed in bodices with narrower sleeves and fuller skirts, with supportive farthingales underneath. Men sported linen shirts with ruffs, doublets, jerkins, hose, and stockings. Platform shoes, called chopines, also originated at this time. How tall were they? More...
This Day in History

Court Martial of Benedict Arnold Begins (1779)

When Arnold was court-martialed in 1779, it was not for the treason that would later make his name synonymous with betrayal. The charges involved fiscal irregularities and were relatively minor. Though he was largely exonerated, the trial sullied his reputation. Despite having distinguished himself in various American military campaigns—he was wounded more than once—Arnold was subsequently passed over for promotion. Embittered, he hatched what plot to aid the British in the American Revolution? More...
Today's Birthday

James Hadley Billington (1929)

Billington is a US scholar and the 13th Librarian of Congress. He earned his PhD in 1953 as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, taught at Harvard and Princeton, and published several significant books on Russia. He served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1973 to 1987, when he became Librarian of Congress. There, he has fostered cooperation between libraries worldwide and encouraged the use of digital media. He has been decorated by what countries? More...
Quotation of the Day
Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

(all) kidding aside

In all seriousness; being frank for a moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Brigham Young's Birthday (2017)

Often referred to as "the American Moses," Brigham Young led thousands of his religious followers across 1,000 miles of wilderness from their Illinois settlement to find refuge in what is now Salt Lake City, Utah. He became the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, whose members are also known as Mormons. The anniversary of Young's birth on June 1, 1801, is observed by Mormon churches worldwide, as is July 24, the date on which he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. More...
In the News

Mutant Cockroaches Evolve Bait Avoidance Mechanism

Cockroaches have survived and thrived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years, but the hardy pests do—or at least did—have one fatal flaw: a sweet tooth. For years, humans have exploited this weakness in their efforts to fight cockroach infestations, baiting the pests with glucose-coated insecticide. Unfortunately, it seems that at least some German cockroaches have evolved a protective aversion to glucose, perceiving it as bitter rather than sweet. More...
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