Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 02, 2016)
Word of the Day

decollete

Definition:(adjective) Cut low at the neckline.
Synonyms:low-cut, low-necked
Usage: She wore a decollete dress that many of the guests deemed inappropriately revealing.
Article of the Day

In a Flash

As storm clouds develop, the temperature at the top of the clouds becomes much cooler than that at the bottom. For reasons that scientists still do not understand, this temperature difference results in the accumulation of negatively charged particles near the base and positively charged particles near the top of the storm cloud. This buildup of electrical charge causes a high-voltage discharge in the form of lightning. What is sheet lightning, and how does it differ from forked lightning? More...
This Day in History

Pontiac's Rebellion: Ojibwas Capture Fort Michilimackinac (1763)

In 1763, immediately after the French and Indian Wars, several Native American tribes allied against the British in an uprising that became known as Pontiac's Rebellion, after the Ottawa leader Pontiac. They captured and destroyed many British outposts. On the day of the surprise attack on Fort Michilimackinac, the Ojibwas, or Chippewas, approached the fort without arousing suspicion among the watching British soldiers by staging a game of baaga'adowe—the precursor of what modern sport? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward Elgar (1857)

Elgar was an English composer whose oratorio The Dream of Gerontius is considered one of the finest examples of English choral music in history. He received his training from his father and succeeded him as organist of St. George's Church, Worcester, in 1885. He earned recognition for his Imperial March, composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, and for his Enigma Variations. His most popular works are his five marches, the first of which is what famous song? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Elmo's Day

The day known as St. Elmo's Day is actually St. Erasmus's Day, in honor of a third-century Italian bishop who is thought to have suffered martyrdom around the year 304. Erasmus was a patron saint of sailors and was especially popular in the 13th century. Sometimes, at sea on stormy nights, sailors will see a pale, brushlike spray of electricity at the top of the mast. In the Middle Ages, they believed that these fires were the souls of the departed, rising to glory through the intercession of St. Elmo. Such an electrical display is still referred to as "St. Elmo's Fire." More...
In the News

Schrödinger's cat just got even weirder (and even more confusing)

Everyone's heard of Schrödinger's cat, and if you're not a physicist or a liar, you can probably admit that you don't really get it. Well, hold onto your hats: A new study pushes the thought experiment into even stranger territory. Scientists have ... More...
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