Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 26, 2014)
Word of the Day

braggart

Definition:(noun) One given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger.
Synonyms:blowhard, boaster, bragger, line-shooter, vaunter
Usage: He was generally considered a braggart, and others found it hard to be excited about his self-proclaimed successes.
Article of the Day

Quicksilver

Quicksilver, commonly known as mercury and represented in the periodic table with the symbol Hg, is a chemical element with an atomic number of 80. A heavy, silvery, transition metal, mercury is the only elemental metal that is liquid at room temperature. It is used in thermometers, barometers, and other scientific apparatuses. Due to the toxicity of the element, however, the use of mercury in thermometers has been largely phased out in the interests of health and safety. What has replaced it? More...
This Day in History

Conquistador Francisco Pizarro Killed (1541)

After multiple expeditions in the New World, Pizarro set sail for Peru in 1531 with 180 men. His men soon slaughtered the unarmed emissaries of the Inca emperor, Atahuallpa, and took him hostage. After accepting a rich ransom for Atahuallpa's release, Pizarro had him garroted and spent the rest of his life consolidating Spain's hold on the Inca empire in Peru. In 1535, he founded Lima, where he was killed by fellow Spaniards he had betrayed. What became of Pizarro's remains? More...
Today's Birthday

Violette Szabo (1921)

Szabo was a British secret agent during WWII. After her husband died in the war, Szabo, who was fluent in French, offered her services to the British Special Operations Executive. After intensive training, she parachuted into German-occupied France to reorganize a French resistance network. On her second mission, she was captured by the Nazis. She endured interrogation and torture before being transferred to a concentration camp, where she was later executed. How old was Szabo when she died? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

go out with the girls

To go and socialize somewhere with a group of exclusively female friends. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martha's Day (Fête de la Tarasque)

Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, is best known for her role in Jesus' visit to their house in Bethany. Martha's second legendary claim to fame is that she killed a dragon who was ravaging the Provençal countryside, in what is now known as Tarasçon in Provence, France. Every year on the last weekend in June, a procession takes place there that commemorates St. Martha's power. In the first procession, eight men walk next to the dragon's spiked body, which snaps at the crowd of spectators. In the second procession, the dragon trots along behind a young girl representing St. Martha. More...
In the News

Brazil Sewage Tests Positive for Polio

Air travel has made it easier for people to see the world—and, unfortunately, for infectious agents to hitch a ride along with them. Sewage samples near São Paulo, Brazil, one of the World Cup venues, have tested positive for poliovirus. Brazil has been polio-free since 1989, and the presence of the virus in sewage does not change its status, but it does highlight how easily diseases can be spread from place to place in this day and age. More...
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