Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 03, 2011)
Word of the Day

caboodle

Definition:(noun) Any collection in its entirety.
Synonyms:bunch, lot
Usage: The art collection was originally going to be auctioned off piece by piece, but the owner decided at the last moment to donate the whole caboodle to the local museum.
Article of the Day

The Gentry

The term "gentry," in general, refers to people of gentle birth, good breeding, or high social position. In England, the term historically referred to the class of English landowners ranking just below the nobility. The gentry, particularly in England and Wales, were those not entitled to sit in the House of Lords. By the later Middle Ages, the gentry included knights, esquires, and gentlemen, and, after the 17th century, baronets. What are some examples of the gentry in other countries? More...
This Day in History

Anne Frank and Family Deported to Auschwitz (1944)

Thanks to the poignant and insightful diary she left behind, Anne Frank is one of the most renowned and discussed victims of the Holocaust. Her family emigrated to Amsterdam in 1933 to escape the Nazis but was forced into hiding after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Betrayed to the Germans in 1944, the Franks were soon sent to Auschwitz, where they were separated by gender. Later, Anne and her sister were moved to Bergen-Belsen, where both died. Did any members of the Frank family survive? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Sullivan (1856)

Sullivan is considered the father of modern American architecture. After working for several Chicago firms, he joined the office of Dankmar Adler in 1879, becoming Adler's partner at age 24. Their 14-year association produced more than 100 buildings, many of them landmarks. During this period, Frank Lloyd Wright spent six years as an apprentice to Sullivan, who would be a major influence on the younger architect. What famous phrase did Sullivan coin to express his architectural philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

hand-to-mouth

Having, providing, or characterized by the bare minimum of money, food, or resources to survive, with little or nothing else to spare. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Marinus Day (2016)

This is the official foundation day of the Republic of San Marino, a landlocked area of less than 30 square miles on the Adriatic side of central Italy. The oldest independent country in Europe, San Marino takes its name from St. Marinus. According to legend, he was a deacon and stonemason when one day a woman wrongly identified him as the husband who had deserted her. He barricaded himself in a cave until she gave up, and he spent the rest of his life on Monte Titano as a hermit. The present-day city of San Marino was built on the site where his original hermitage was believed to be. More...
In the News

"Electronic Tattoo" Can Monitor Vital Signs

A new sensor that is thinner than a human hair and is applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo could eliminate the need for bulky machinery, wires, and sticky pads when monitoring patients' vital signs in medical settings. The sensor can stretch and contract with the skin without breaking and possesses tiny solar cells that can generate power or be powered by electromagnetic radiation. When used to measure electrical activity in the leg, heart, and brain, the sensor took readings that corresponded well with current monitoring methods. More...
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