Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

tuneful

Definition:(adjective) Having a musical sound; especially a pleasing tune.
Synonyms:melodious
Usage: Melodic and tuneful, his songs made me weep.
Article of the Day

Jacques Bénigne Bossuet

Bossuet was a French prelate and one of the greatest orators of all time. Ordained a priest in 1652, he gained a reputation as a popular preacher who spoke eloquently and influentially for the rights of the French church against papal authority. He is now chiefly remembered for his Funeral Orations, panegyrics he composed for important figures like Henrietta of England, her daughter, and Condé, which are considered masterpieces. Which member of the French royal family did Bossuet tutor? More...
This Day in History

Operation Uranus Begins (1942)

In the summer of 1941, a wave of German forces swept into the Soviet Union and proceeded to conquer a vast amount of territory. Stopped at Stalingrad, the Germans became mired in one of the most significant battles of WWII and were ill-prepared for the deteriorating Soviet weather. The enormous Soviet counteroffensive, code-named Operation Uranus, overwhelmed them. Within days, their entire force at Stalingrad was encircled. What nearly delayed the artillery bombardment that began the offensive? More...
Today's Birthday

Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (1711)

With an extraordinarily broad education, Lomonosov became a prominent figure of 18th-century Russia in many capacities. He was a poet, a language reformer, a chemistry professor, and founder of Moscow State University. He created the first colored-glass mosaics in Russia. He designed a telescope and hypothesized the presence of an atmosphere on Venus. He cataloged more than 3,000 minerals and explained the origin of icebergs. His experiments in physics contradicted what commonly accepted theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man dies as often as he loses his friends.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be in for a treat

To be guaranteed to receive or experience something unexpectedly pleasant or beneficial. More...
Today's Holiday

National Bible Week (2017)

This is a week devoted to encouraging people to read the Bible, in the belief that it will arouse a positive spiritual force in a world plagued with problems. National Bible Week is promoted by the National Bible Association (originally the Laymen's National Committee), a non-denominational group of businessmen founded in 1940 and devoted to the application of the Golden Rule in daily life. A huge audience listened to the NBC radio program that was broadcast to kick off the first National Bible Week scheduled for December 8-14, 1941; Pearl Harbor had been bombed just hours before. More...
In the News

World's Lightest Material Unveiled

A stiff breeze may be all it takes to shake free the white down of a dandelion, but there is now at least one material that can perch upon one without disturbing its fluff. Touted as the world's lightest material, the substance is made out of tiny hollow metallic tubes arranged into a micro-lattice and is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. Because of its lattice design, the material is actually 99.99 percent air, but it is also quite strong. The novel material could one day be used in items like batteries and shock absorbers. More...
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