Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

garret

Definition:(noun) Floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage.
Synonyms:attic, loft
Usage: There was yet an upper staircase, of a steeper inclination and of contracted dimensions, to be ascended, before the garret story was reached.
Article of the Day

Naming Taboo

In China, the naming taboo is a cultural taboo against speaking or writing the given names of exalted persons. In the past, the taboo especially discouraged the use of the emperor's given name and those of his ancestors. For example, during the Qin dynasty, Qin Shi Huang's given name Zheng was avoided, and the first month of the year, "Zheng Yue," was renamed "Duan Yue." In 1777, lexicographer Wang Xihou wrote the full name of the Qianlong emperor in his dictionary. What was his punishment? More...
This Day in History

La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima's La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government's battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori's conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Hooke (1635)

Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is influenced by no consideration, recognizes no restraints of reason, and is of the same nature as death, that assails alike the lofty palaces of kings and the humble cabins of shepherds; and when it takes entire possession of a heart, the first thing it does is to banish fear and shame from it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

good going

An informal expression of praise for having done something well. (It can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Marine Day (Umi no Hi) (2016)

This holiday was established in 1941 to mark the return of Meiji the Great (1852-1912), Japan's 122nd emperor, from the northern island of Hokkaido in 1876. The vessel that transported the emperor, the Meiji-Maru, has been preserved as a national treasure and is open for public viewing on Marine Day. With the festival's new focus on marine environmental issues, organizations take advantage of the day to raise awareness by scheduling seaside cleanups and other special events. For Japanese schoolchildren, Marine Day also marks the beginning of their summer vacation. More...
In the News

Coffee, Tea May Keep Superbug at Bay

Regular coffee and tea drinkers may be less likely to be carriers of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In a recent study of more than 5,500 Americans, researchers found that those who drank hot tea or coffee were about half as likely to be carrying the superbug in their nostrils. It is unclear why this is the case, although there is some evidence that the drinks have antimicrobial properties. The study does not prove that the beverages are the reason for the lower risk of MRSA nasal carriage; still, scientists believe the link does warrant further investigation. More...
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