Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 14, 2013)
Word of the Day

uncorroborated

Definition:(adjective) Unsupported by other evidence.
Synonyms:unsubstantiated
Usage: Reports of a tornado are uncorroborated at this time, but residents have begun seeking shelter anyway.
Article of the Day

Codex Mendoza

About 20 years after the Spanish conquered the Aztec empire, they commissioned Aztec scribes to create the Codex Mendoza. Named for Antonio de Mendoza, the first viceroy of New Spain, the codex contains a history of Aztec conquests, a description of Aztec daily life in traditional pictograms, and commentary added by Spanish missionaries. The codex was intended to be sent to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, but the ship carrying it was attacked. Where did it end up? More...
This Day in History

Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier (1947)

Days before becoming the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Yeager, a US Air Force test pilot, broke two ribs riding a horse. Afraid of being taken off the mission, he kept his injury a secret, even though it limited his movement so much that he had to reach with a broom handle to close the hatch on the X-1 experimental aircraft. Launched mid-air from a modified bomber, the X-1 broke the sound barrier, and Yeager became a legend. How fast was he flying when he went supersonic? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Lauren (1939)

Lauren began designing ties while working as a tie salesman and opened his own business in 1967. His first menswear line, under the Polo name, debuted the next year, and the mesh sport shirt—featuring an emblem of a polo player—would become his signature piece. His expensive creations evoke the look of the English aristocracy as adopted by the East-Coast American elite. His label also appears on furnishings, tableware, and luggage. What made him change his last name to Lauren? More...
Quotation of the Day
The greatest trust, between man and man, is the trust of giving counsel. For in other confidences, men commit the parts of life; their lands, their goods ... some particular affair; but to such as they make their counselors, they commit the whole.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

like cheese at four pence

In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Frankfurt Book Fair (2017)

The world's largest annual trade show for the book publishing industry, held annually for five days in Frankfurt, Germany, attracts exhibitors from about 110 countries and is attended by more than 250,000 people. Trade fairs have been a tradition in Frankfurt for at least 800 years, and book fairs were held in the 16th century, when the city had become the center of German publishing. The book fair had been chiefly an event for German publishers before 1939, but it grew in a few years to be the world's preeminent book fair. In its present form, the fair is officially dated to 1949. More...
In the News

Oh Lordy! Vatican Medals Misspell "Jesus"

It is not often that a spelling blunder gets the Internet abuzz, but when news broke that the Vatican misspelled "Jesus" as "Lesus" on commemorative medals issued in honor of Pope Francis's papacy, it caused a considerable stir. The Vatican withdrew the coins upon discovering the mistake but not before several of them had been sold. These could become valuable collector's items. Online wisecrackers blamed the "Lesuits" for the typo, while others posed the question "What would Lesus do?" More...
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