Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 3, 2013)
Word of the Day

brusque

Definition:(adjective) Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
Synonyms:curt, short, gruff
Usage: I did not think of asking him for details, and he told me the story roughly in brusque, disconnected sentences.
Article of the Day

Ceramic Knives

Ceramic knives provide certain advantages over metal blades. They are harder than steel and hold their edge longer. On the rare occasion when a ceramic knife needs sharpening, a grinding wheel coated in diamond dust must be used. Their nonconductive, nonmagnetic properties make them useful in bomb disposal, and their resistance to corrosion is ideal for scuba divers. However, ceramic knives are also more brittle and shatter more easily than metal ones. Why is metal often used in their handles? 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
There is—though I do not know how there is or why there is—a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

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

Poverty Burdens the Brain and Cuts IQ

Research on sugarcane farmers in rural India and low and middle-income shoppers at a US mall suggests that financial concerns tax the brain, leading to a drop in cognitive function. Worrying about money costs people up to 13 IQ points—an effect comparable to missing an entire night's sleep—and makes them more prone to errors, which in turn can exacerbate their financial problems and make it even harder to escape from poverty. More...
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