Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

amylum

Definition:(noun) A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice.
Synonyms:starch
Usage: She was on a strict diet and avoided foods with high levels of amylum, sugar, and saturated fat.
Article of the Day

The Dandelion

The dandelion is a perennial herb with a yellow flower head and notched leaves. The flower matures into a globe of fine filaments, called the "dandelion clock." These downy seed carriers are often blown apart by children playing outdoors. Though many consider the dandelion a lawn pest, it is actually quite useful: its young leaves can be eaten as salad greens and the ground, roasted roots are often consumed as a coffee substitute. What beverage is made from the dandelion's flowers? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Falkirk (1298)

The Battle of Falkirk was a major battle in the First War of Scottish Independence. It was fought between the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, and King Edward I of England, also known as the Hammer of the Scots. In 1298, Edward I invaded Scotland and defeated a smaller force led by Wallace at Falkirk. Edward's longbowmen and cavalry decimated Wallace's spearmen, forcing him to retreat. What did Wallace do shortly after losing the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Lazarus (1849)

Lazarus was an American Jewish poet. She became an impassioned spokeswoman for Judaism after the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, writing many essays and a book of poems, Songs of a Semite, which contains her best work. Her writings caught the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with whom she shared a lifetime correspondence. She also worked for the relief of new immigrants to the US, and the famous closing lines of her sonnet "The New Colossus" were engraved on what monument? More...
Quotation of the Day
Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

goodness me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. More...
Today's Holiday

Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Festival)

The Wild Horse Festival, or Soma-Nomaoi, takes place annually in Soma City and Minami-Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan over four days, July 22-25. It is a historical re-enactment of military exercises that are more than 1,000 years old. In the event's highlight, about 600 mounted samurai warriors in traditional Japanese armor gallop across the vast Hibarigahara plain and vie for 40 shrine flags propelled into the air by fireworks. Other colorful spectacles include a procession on July 24 summoned by conch shell horn and war drums, and the Nomagake ritual on July 25. More...
In the News

How Mosquitoes Track Their Human Targets, Study Explains

Mosquitoes have an uncanny ability to track their human targets by using a multiple sensory strategy involving visual cues, odours and body heat to draw closer to the prey, according to a new study. While use of bug repellents and lighting citronella ... More...
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