Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 17, 2014)
Word of the Day

scrawl

Definition:(verb) Write carelessly.
Synonyms:scribble
Usage: The note that my brother scrawled before his quick exit was unreadable.
Article of the Day

The Fabergé Eggs

The Fabergé eggs were 50 jeweled "Easter eggs" created for the Russian tsars by famed jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first egg as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Fedorovna. The tsarina was so delighted with the gift that Alexander established Fabergé as the Imperial Goldsmith and requested an egg each year thereafter, stipulating only that it contain a surprise. Nicholas II continued the tradition. Where are the eggs today? More...
This Day in History

Michael Phelps Wins Record-Breaking Eight Gold Medals (2008)

Phelps is an American swimmer who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, broke the record for the number of gold medals won at a single Olympics. He won gold in every one of his eight events, surpassing American swimmer Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics. In seven of his races, Phelps set world records. By adding four gold and two silver medals in London in 2012, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever. Who had previously held the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat's Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More...
Quotation of the Day
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. More...
Today's Holiday

Baekjung (2016)

In Korea, the 15th, or full moon day, of the seventh lunar month is observed with Buddhist and folk agricultural traditions. Baekjung means "one hundred kinds," referring to the great number of fruits, vegetables, and grains that flourish at this time of year. In farming areas, people celebrate this day as a "weeding party" often called Homi Ssisi or Homi ssiggi—"hoe cleaning," since, by this time in the season, most of the hard work of farming is completed. The farm worker judged to be the hardest worker is feted with a parade around the village. More...
In the News

Egyptian Mummification Dates Back 6,000 Years

Mummification is an indisputably ancient practice, but new evidence suggests it emerged even earlier than experts previously thought. Funerary textiles from Egypt's oldest-known cemeteries contain remnants of embalming substances, proof that mummification was being practiced as early as 4300 BCE, more than 1,500 years earlier than previously believed. Furthermore, the composition of the embalming agents on these textiles differed little from the agents used thousands of years later at the height of ancient Egyptian civilization. More...
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