Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

presentment

Definition:(noun) A show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view.
Synonyms:demonstration
Usage: He added a few remarks of a financial character, which completed a sufficiently striking presentment of his resources.
Article of the Day

Plimpton 322

Plimpton 322 is a Babylonian clay tablet believed to have been created around 1,800 BCE. Approximately 5 inches (13 cm) wide and 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall, the tablet's surface is marked by four columns of cuneiform numbers. Many mathematicians believe that the ancient spreadsheet—possibly used by a teacher to assign math problems to a student—demonstrates an understanding of Pythagorean mathematics that predates Pythagoras by more than 1,200 years. What do the numbers in each column represent? More...
This Day in History

CBS Evening News Expands to Half Hour (1963)

The CBS Evening News is the chief nightly news program of the American television network CBS. The network has broadcast the program since 1948, when it was called The CBS-TV News. Legendary journalist Walter Cronkite took over as the program's anchor in 1962, and the following year, the show was expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly news program. When Cronkite retired in 1981, who replaced him as the show's anchor? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Bonaparte (1778)

Louis was the younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, the first Emperor of France. He accompanied Napoleon on the Italian campaign and was his aide-de-camp in Egypt. At Napoleon's insistence, he married Hortense de Beauharnais, but the union did not last. Proclaimed king of Holland in 1806, he was criticized by Napoleon for being too easy on his subjects. His unwillingness to join the Continental System led him into conflict with Napoleon and to eventually flee his kingdom. Who was Louis's son? More...
Quotation of the Day
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

hand (something) to (someone) on a plate

To give or relinquish something to someone very easily, without him or her having to work very hard to get or achieve it. More...
Today's Holiday

Nauvoo Grape Festival

The highlight of the Grape Festival held each year in Nauvoo, Illinois, is the historical pageant known as the Wedding of the Wine and Cheese, celebrating the union of cheese and wine. The festival also includes parades, a grape stomp, and historical tours. In the late 1840s, Nauvoo was occupied by French and German Icarians. The Icarians brought wine-making to the area, and several of their original wine cellars are still used to make the blue cheese that this festival has celebrated for over 50 years. More...
In the News

Curved Glasses Lead to Faster Guzzling

"Straight, not curved" may join "shaken, not stirred" as a way to order an alcoholic beverage, thanks to a recent study. Scientists at the University of Bristol filmed 159 men and women drinking either soft drinks or beer and found that beer drinkers drank more quickly from curved glasses than straight ones. Though the glass shape did not impact drinking time for soft drinks, people drinking beer from a curved glass took seven minutes to finish, compared to 11 minutes from a straight glass. The researchers say the difference in speed might be due to the fact that people pacing their consumption may find it more difficult to judge how much liquid is left in a curved container. More...
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