Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

veracious

Definition:(adjective) Precisely accurate.
Synonyms:right
Usage: The trial transcript provides me with a veracious account of all that transpired in the courtroom.
Article of the Day

Salo

Salo is often cited in European humor as a stereotypical staple of Ukrainian cuisine, analogous to the association of cheeseburgers with the US and bratwurst with Germany. The beloved traditional dish consists of smoked or salt-cured slabs of pork fatback, often flavored with paprika or garlic. It contains little to no meat and is usually consumed raw. It can also be rendered for use in cooking or chopped up for use as a condiment. What salo-based dish was invented as a joke? More...
This Day in History

Davy Lamp Tested at Hebburn Colliery (1816)

The Davy lamp was an early safety lamp used in the mining and quarrying industries. It was designed by English chemist and physicist Sir Humphrey Davy to prevent the accidental ignition of flammable gases. This was achieved by enclosing the flame of the oil-burning lamp in wire gauze that distributed heat over a large area and brought its temperature below the ignition temperature of methane. Why did the introduction of the Davy lamp initially lead to an increase in the rate of mining accidents? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913)

After serving as vice president of the US under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon ran for president but lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected president in 1968 and 1972, but his second term was cut short by the Watergate scandal, which involved the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic party headquarters. Likely facing impeachment, he became the first president to resign. Although never convicted, he was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford. What pet did Nixon receive as a political gift? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hog (something)

To take or use something all for oneself; to not allow others to have or use something. More...
Today's Holiday

Agonalia (2017)

In Roman mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and of doorways. The worship of Janus is believed to have been started by Romulus, one of the legendary founders of Rome. Usually depicted with two faces, one looking forward to the future and the other looking back to the past, his image appeared on an early Roman coin with a ship's prow on the reverse side. During the festival in honor of Janus known as the Agonalia, the rex sacrorum or officiating priest sacrificed a ram. Offerings of barley, incense, wine, and cakes called Januae were also common. More...
In the News

Searing Temperatures and High Winds Stoke Wildfires in Australia

Wildfires are burning in five of Australia's six states, with over 100 in New South Wales alone, and many have yet to be contained. High winds are making it more difficult to get the fires under control, as are record temperatures. Australia has been experiencing abnormally hot temperatures for months now, and recently, temperatures grew so extreme that the Bureau of Meteorology had to increase its temperature scale to 54° C (129° F) and introduce new colors to its forecast maps. More...
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