Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

lectern

Definition:(noun) Desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer.
Synonyms:reading desk
Usage: On the small rock platform stood an old bronze lectern or reading-stand, groaning under a great German Bible.
Article of the Day

Flan

Flan is a dessert made by adding custard to a caramel-lined mold. After it is baked, then chilled, it is tipped out of the mold so the caramel is on top. The dish is popular around the world, from Europe to the Philippines to Latin America, and one form is a staple of Japanese convenience stores. Though flan is typically vanilla-flavored, it can be made with a number of other flavors, such as almond or chocolate. A variation of flan popular in Puerto Rico contains an added layer of what? More...
This Day in History

Saladin Begins Siege of Jerusalem (1187)

Jerusalem was conquered by the Crusaders in 1099 during the First Crusade and served as the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem for most of the 12th century, but it was besieged and captured by Saladin, the Kurdish Muslim warrior and Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt, after his decisive victory at Hattin in 1187. The Crusaders negotiated a surrender, and the two parties agreed to a peaceful handover of the city to Saladin, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when? More...
Today's Birthday

James Dewar (1842)

Dewar was a British chemist and physicist best known for his work on the properties of matter at very low temperatures and the liquefaction of gases. In the course of his work, he liquefied and solidified hydrogen and invented the Dewar flask. Used for storing liquefied gases, his Dewar flask—a double-walled flask with an insulating vacuum between the inner and outer walls—became essential in low-temperature scientific work. What everyday item was patterned after Dewar's flask? More...
Quotation of the Day
The first duty of a lecturer—to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantelpiece forever.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have enough on (one's) plate

To be sufficiently busy or preoccupied with work, problems, or difficulties as to be unable or unwilling to cope with anything more. More...
Today's Holiday

Oktoberfest (2016)

The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810, in honor of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Saxony-Hildburghausen. Since that time it has become, above all else, a celebration of German beer. The Lord Mayor of Munich, Germany, opens the first barrel, and the 16-day festival begins. Both citizens and tourists flock to this event, which is marked by folk costume parades in which brewery horses draw floats and decorated beer wagons through the streets. Oktoberfest celebrations are also held in cities throughout the United States. More...
In the News

Controversial Study Suggests Modified Corn Is Unsafe

Genetically modified (GM) crops are widely grown and consumed in the US, but a controversial new study is raising questions about their safety. Researchers claim that rats fed a type of GM corn that is resistant to the popular weedkiller Roundup or given Roundup-tainted water developed tumors, suffered organ damage, and died earlier than those on a standard diet. Experts, however, are wary of the findings, noting that the study authors failed to publish key details, such as how much the rats were fed and what their growth rates were, and utilized unconventional statistical methods to analyze the data. More...
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