Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 31, 2011)
Word of the Day

snickersnee

Definition:(noun) Archaic The act of fighting with knives.
Synonyms:cut-and-thrust, knife fight
Usage: The snickersnee ended when one on the fighters lost consciousness due to blood loss.
Article of the Day

The Belle Époque

French for "beautiful era," the belle époque was a period of relative political stability and artistic and cultural refinement between the late 19th century and the start of WWI, especially in France. The era was viewed as a golden age among European powers, a period characterized by new technologies and luxuries, including changes in transportation, fashion, and the arts. Champagne was perfected during this period, and haute couture was invented. What modernist authors emerged during this era? More...
This Day in History

Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997)

Diana's beauty and unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family attracted intense press attention, and she became one of the most photographed women in the world. After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, she remained highly visible and continued her activities on behalf of numerous charities. In 1997, she was killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and their driver. Who was blamed for the accident in subsequent investigations? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann von Helmholtz (1821)

Helmholtz was one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He made fundamental contributions to physiology, optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, acoustics, and meteorology, but he is best known for formulating the mathematical law of conservation of energy. His approach was strongly empirical at a time when many scientists embraced deductions from mental concepts. He described body heat and energy, nerve conduction, and the physiology of the eye. What medical instruments did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them. That's a very comforting thought.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

Kodak moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be well-suited to be captured in a photograph. Taken from an advertising slogan for Eastman Kodak photographic film and cameras. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldovan Language Day (Limba Noastra)

Limba Noastra, or Our Language Day, is a public holiday in Moldova. On August 31, 1989, Moldova became the first Soviet republic to pass a law declaring its language, Moldovan, to be the official language of the republic. The law also formally proclaimed that Moldovan and Romanian were the same. Second in importance only to Moldova Independence Day on August 27, Language Day is celebrated with ceremonies at the burial sites of individuals linked to the struggle for cultural rights of Romanians, especially Romanian poets and writers. More...
In the News

Kids' Brown Bag Lunches Reach Unsafe Temperatures

Tests of more than 700 lunches packed by parents for children in full-time daycare centers found that more than 90 percent of the perishable items included in these lunches were kept at unsafe temperatures. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, perishable foods kept between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (4 and 60 degrees Celsius) for more than two hours are not safe for consumption. Of the lunches tested, 45 percent contained at least one ice pack but 39 percent had none, and even with multiple ice packs, the majority of food items were found to be at temperatures that were simply too warm. More...
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