Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

fervent

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing great emotion or zeal.
Synonyms:ardent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid, torrid
Usage: She was a fervent opponent of the death penalty and organized a monthlong hunger strike to protest the practice.
Article of the Day

Pet Skunks

Though these animals are best known for the foul-smelling fluid they emit as a defense against predators, skunks are occasionally kept as pets. Their scent glands can be removed, and they can be trained to live indoors with humans, but pet skunks remain relatively rare, due in part to restrictive laws and the complexity of their care. In the 20th century, most US states outlawed the keeping of wild animals in an effort to stem the spread of rabies. Which states still allow domestic skunks? More...
This Day in History

The First Vatican Council Declares Papal Infallibility (1870)

In Roman Catholicism, papal infallibility is the doctrine that, under certain conditions, the pope cannot err when teaching in matters of faith or morals. It is a centuries-old idea based on the belief that the church, entrusted with the mission of Jesus, will be guided by the Holy Spirit. It has been a matter of controversy, even among Catholic theologians, ever since 1870, when the First Vatican Council first listed the conditions under which popes are infallible. What are they? More...
Today's Birthday

Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (1853)

Lorentz was a Dutch physicist who, in 1902, shared the second Nobel Prize in Physics. A pioneer in formulating the relations between electricity, magnetism, and light, he was one of the first people to postulate the existence of electrons. He developed many of the concepts and equations upon which Einstein based his special theory of relativity, which was originally called the Lorentz-Einstein theory. He also did critical work for the Dutch government on what unprecedented engineering project? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

the jet set

A group of wealthy individuals who travel globally, especially by private jet, to frequent fashionable resorts, social events, and the like. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2017)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
In the News

Moon Express Aims for Multiple Lunar Landings, Sample Return Mission By 2020

Last month, Popular Mechanics covered the exciting prospect of the first ever commercial moon landing, which could launch by December 2017 if everything goes according to plan. That mission involves Moon Express, a company that hopes to build a number of  ... More...
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