Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

aguacate

Definition:(noun) A pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed.
Synonyms:alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
Usage: Jim prepared his special aguacate dip and served it with tortilla chips.
Article of the Day

Porcelain

Porcelain is a white, hard, nonporous pottery which is resonant when struck. It was first made by the Chinese to withstand the great heat generated in certain parts of their kilns. The two natural substances used were kaolin and a feldspar mineral called petuntse that forms a glassy cement. In Europe porcelain was first commercially produced in the early 1700s. Most of the European porcelain is soft paste and is not as strong as the Chinese hard-paste porcelain. What is bone china? More...
This Day in History

HMS Victoria Accidentally Rammed and Sunk (1893)

The HMS Victoria was a Royal Navy battleship that collided with another Royal Navy battleship, the HMS Camperdown, near Tripoli, Lebanon, during maneuvers. The Victoria capsized and quickly sank, killing 358 crew members, including the commander of the British Mediterranean Fleet, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. In 2004, after a decade-long search, a Lebanese diver located the wreckage in 492 ft (150 m) of water. What is unusual about the orientation of the wreck? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Morphy (1837)

Morphy was an American chess player widely considered to have been the world's greatest. He earned a law degree at 18 but was ineligible to practice until 21, so he turned to chess to pass the time. He won the American championship and then beat the European masters, making a name for himself as the unofficial world chess champion. After failing to set up a law practice, he went into seclusion and retired from competitive play. How many opponents could he play simultaneously while blindfolded? More...
Quotation of the Day
I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

anonymous tip

Information about something (typically criminal or illegal activity) that is offered by an anonymous source. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Alban's Day (2016)

St. Alban is the first and best known of all the English saints and martyrs. He was a soldier living as a pagan in the town of Verulamium, probably during the 3rd century, when a Christian priest named Amphibalus, pursued by Roman persecutors, begged for refuge in his house. Alban took him in and was soon converted by him and baptized. When he could conceal Amphibalus no longer, Alban changed clothes with him and gave himself up as the priest. Alban was brought before the governor, condemned, and beheaded. A shrine was later erected in Verulamium, and the town was renamed St. Albans. More...
In the News

Sleep or Die -- Growing Body of Research Warns of Heart Attacks, Strokes

We have all experienced the aftermath of a bad night's sleep: grogginess, irritability, difficulty carrying out even the simplest of tasks. A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could also have insidious effects on heart ... More...
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