Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 19, 2014)
Word of the Day

perpetrate

Definition:(verb) Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation.
Synonyms:commit, pull
Usage: Only a sadistic, depraved person could perpetrate a crime like this.
Article of the Day

El Cid

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar—popularly known as "El Cid"—was an 11th-century Castilian military leader and national hero. His unauthorized raid on the kingdom of Toledo in 1081 prompted his exile by Spanish king Alfonso VI. El Cid then entered the service of the Muslim rulers of Zaragoza, becoming known as a general who was never defeated in battle. Revered as a hero, his exploits were celebrated in a 12th-century epic poem. According to legend, what did El Cid's wife do with his dead body? More...
This Day in History

Apple Lisa Launched (1983)

In 1983, after five years of development, Apple released the Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface. Although the Lisa was a commercial failure—due in part to its initial price tag of $9,995—it had a significant impact on the computer industry. It is often rumored to have been named after the first daughter of Apple's Steve Jobs, though several acronyms have been ascribed to the name. What project did Jobs join after being forced out of the Lisa project? More...
Today's Birthday

James Watt (1736)

A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

home, James (, and don't spare the horses)

A humorous directive for a driver to take one home directly and without delay. More...
Today's Holiday

Bonfim Festival (Festa do Bonfim) (2017)

There is a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, known as Our Lord of the Happy Ending (bonfim). Today during the Bonfim Festival, hundreds of Brazilian women dress in the traditional white dresses of colonial Bahia and form a procession to the church. The bahianas balance jars of water, scented with blossoms, on their heads. The washing of the steps at Bonfim Basilica on the second Thursday after Epiphany is the highlight of the festival. More...
In the News

DNA Test to Tell Identical Twins Apart

DNA analysis is an invaluable forensic tool, but it has its limitations. Until now, crimes and paternity cases involving monozygotic—"identical"—twins could not be resolved using DNA, since the genetic makeup of such twins is virtually indistinguishable given current analysis methods. Even though there are minute differences between the genetic codes of identical twins, time constraints and prohibitive costs have kept tests to detect them out of reach of law enforcement. However, a relatively quick and affordable new DNA test could be the answer investigators have been looking for. More...
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