Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

terse

Definition:(adjective) Brief and to the point; effectively concise.
Synonyms:laconic, curt, crisp
Usage: The officer's orders were terse, but everyone understood his instructions.
Article of the Day

Babylonian Law

The study of ancient Babylonian law, supported by thousands of primary sources that include contracts, deeds, and legal decisions, was greatly advanced by the discovery of a set of 282 laws known as the Code of Hammurabi. Created around 1760 BCE by the sixth Babylonian King, Hammurabi, the Code loosely divided the population into three classes and established an "eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth" style of punishment for criminals. What was the penalty for perjury? More...
This Day in History

The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there? More...
Today's Birthday

Meriwether Lewis (1774)

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

grand poobah

The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Raksha Bandhan

This day, sometimes also referred to as Brother and Sister Day, is celebrated in some parts of India by brothers and sisters to reaffirm their bonds of affection, as well as to perform a ritual of protection. A sister ties a bracelet made of colorful threads and amulets, called a rakhi, on her brother's wrists. The brother in turn may give his sister gifts—a piece of jewelry or money—while promising to protect her. In Nepal, it is a festival for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Brahmins put golden threads around everyone's wrists; they are worn until Diwali. More...
In the News

Viruses 'More Dangerous in the Morning'

Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests. The findings, published in PNAS, showed viruses were 10 times more successful if the infection started in the morning. And the animal ... More...
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