Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

singlet

Definition:(noun) A collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body.
Synonyms:undershirt, vest
Usage: Its owner had taken off his tunic, and in white trousers and a thin, short-sleeved singlet prowled behind the chair-backs nursing his meager elbows.
Article of the Day

Conchs

Conchs are marine gastropod mollusks with heavy, spiral shells with overlapping whorls. Unlike other gastropods, which crawl, conchs move by jumping. Most conchs are carnivorous, feeding on bivalve mollusks. Their shells are used for carving cameos in Europe and are sometimes made into crude instruments by removing the small tip of the shell to form a mouthpiece. In popular folklore, it is believed that the ocean can be heard if one holds an open conch shell to the ear. How does it work? More...
This Day in History

New York Draft Riots (1863)

The New York Draft Riots, in which more than 100 civilians were killed, were the largest civil insurrection in US history after the Civil War. The rioters were mainly working-class men who were angry because, for a $300 fee, the wealthy could buy their way out of the Civil War draft. The rioters burned draft headquarters and other buildings. Mobs also attacked African Americans, whom they blamed for the war. The riots are portrayed in an alternate-history novel co-written by what politician? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Caesar (100 BCE)

Caesar, a Roman general and statesman, formed the First Triumvirate with Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus. He later precipitated the Roman Civil War, defeating Pompey and becoming dictator for life. His dictatorial powers, however, inspired great resentment. He was in the midst of launching a series of political and social reforms when he was assassinated on the Ides of March by conspirators led by Cassius and Brutus. His commentaries on what wars are considered classic military documents? More...
Quotation of the Day
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. More...
Today's Holiday

Apollonian Games (2016)

Apollo was an ancient Greek god, but his fame had spread to Rome where he was adopted as a healing god during a plague in the fifth century BCE. The Romans first held the Ludi Apollinares, or Apollonian Games, in 212 BCE. Originally the Games took place on July 13; they turned into an eight-day event due to the event's success. An ox with gilded horns was sacrificed to Apollo, and everyone feasted. Of the eight days, two were devoted to games and races in the Circus Maximus, a huge outdoor arena, and the other six were devoted to plays in the theaters and market fairs. More...
In the News

Lazy Lifestyle Key to Pandas' Bamboo-Only Diet

Scientists have uncovered the key reason why giant pandas are able to survive solely on a diet of bamboo. The researchers found that pandas get by on shoots and leaves because they expend extremely small amounts of energy. A typical adult panda burns ... More...
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