Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 30, 2011)
Word of the Day

ad-lib

Definition:(adjective) Said or done without having been planned or written in advance.
Synonyms:spontaneous, unwritten
Usage: The bride's father made a few ad-lib remarks at the rehearsal dinner, and they turned out to be the most memorable and meaningful words of the night.
Article of the Day

The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch is an ancient religious text attributed to Enoch, the Biblical figure said to have been the great-grandfather of Noah. Although it is not considered part of the canon of scripture for Jews or Christians, apart from a few sects, it is quoted in the New Testament, indicating that its authors were familiar with the text. Aramaic fragments of the Book of Enoch were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls in Qumran, but the only known complete version is written in what ancient language? More...
This Day in History

WWI: Black Tom Explosion (1916)

In the midst of WWI, German saboteurs demolished a US munitions stockpile in the Black Tom section of Jersey City, New Jersey. The series of massive explosions killed a few, injured hundreds, damaged all sorts of structures, including the Statue of Liberty, and was heard hundreds of miles away. Sued by the US government in 1922 but vindicated in 1930 by an international claims commission, the German government was ultimately ordered to pay $50 million in damages. When was the final payment made? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Brontë (1818)

Sister of writers Charlotte and Anne Brontë, Emily Brontë was an English author who is most famous for her novel Wuthering Heights, a highly imaginative story of passion and hatred set on the Yorkshire moors. Emily's unusual character and intellect seem to have been unrecognized by her family until quite late in her short life—she died at 30 of tuberculosis—but Charlotte was astonished by her poetry and regarded her work as unparalleled. Emily originally published under what pen name? More...
Quotation of the Day
A sudden, bold, and unexpected question, doth many times surprise a man, and lay him open.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

hang on (someone's) words

To listen very closely, intently, or with obsequious attention to what someone is saying. More...
Today's Holiday

Bologna Festival (2016)

In 1906, a bologna maker named T. J. Minnie set up his shop in Yale, Michigan. Over the next several decades, a number of other bologna makers settled in Yale, but today only one remains: C. Roy Inc., which produces Yale Bologna. The annual Bologna Festival, established in 1989, is designed to attract true bologna lovers with its booths serving bologna rings, bologna hot dogs, bologna and sauerkraut, and fried bologna sandwiches. A King and Queen Bologna are crowned, and they ride through town on the C. Roy float in the Big Bologna Parade wearing crowns made out of bologna rings. More...
In the News

Plant Evolved Dish-Shaped Leaves to Attract Bats

It is well established that many plants evolved colorful flowers to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, and now it appears that at least one plant, Marcgravia evenia, evolved specialized acoustic features to attract bat pollinators. Most bats navigate using echolocation, a means of sensing objects in the environment by sending out pulses of sound and listening for the returning echoes reflected off of objects. This vine's dish-shaped leaves are incredibly efficient at bouncing bats' sound pulses back and produce a distinctive echo that help bats find them. More...
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