Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 20, 2012)
Word of the Day

adjudge

Definition:(verb) To pronounce formally.
Synonyms:declare, hold
Usage: It was a tight race, but Frankie was ultimately adjudged the winner.
Article of the Day

Secret Sharing

In cryptography, secret sharing is a method of guarding information by distributing pieces of it to a number of people or entities. Each participant has a share of the secret, but no share is useful on its own. Some shares may even be decoys that are not useful at all. In certain scenarios, multiple participants may collaborate to try to reconstruct the original secret. How can they be certain that no one is misrepresenting himself just to gain access to more shares? More...
This Day in History

The Saturday Night Massacre (1973)

While investigating the Watergate scandal, special prosecutor Archibald Cox subpoenaed audiotapes of conversations implicating US President Richard Nixon in a cover-up of a burglary of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. Nixon refused to produce the tapes and ordered the US attorney general and his deputy to fire Cox. On the same Saturday, both men resigned in protest, and public outcry eventually forced Nixon to surrender the tapes. What happened to Cox? More...
Today's Birthday

Pauline Bonaparte (1780)

A woman of great beauty and considerable scandal, Pauline Bonaparte was Napoleon's favorite sister. She accompanied her first husband on an expedition to subdue Haiti, but he failed and died of yellow fever. Pauline then married a Roman nobleman, but she soon tired of him and returned to Paris, where her scandalous conduct earned her a reputation. Pauline was the only one of Napoleon's siblings to come to his aid when he was exiled to Elba, despite having incurred his disfavor for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love...roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a line in the sand

A figurative boundary that someone or some group refuses to cross or beyond which no further advance or compromise is accepted. (Used especially in the phrase "draw a line in the sand.") More...
Today's Holiday

Texas Rose Festival (2017)

This annual tribute to roses is held in Tyler, Texas, the center of the region that produces more than a third of the field-grown roses in the United States. Tyler's Municipal Rose Garden, one of the largest rose gardens in the country, covers 14 acres and has some 30,000 rose bushes. They blossom among pines, fountains, gazebos, and archways. The festival features the coronation of a Rose Queen, a rose show, a parade of floats decorated with roses, and tours of the rose gardens. There are also arts and crafts shows, a square-dance festival, and a symphony concert. More...
In the News

"Frankentree" Fiasco Cuts Cocoa Supply

A cloning technique aimed at increasing cocoa output by hastening seed production has led instead to sickly, misshapen trees, dubbed "Frankentrees," that topple under their own weight and yield poor-quality beans. Typical cocoa trees produce seed pods after four years, but the cloned trees take just three. Thus, to boost cocoa production, the Indonesian government began a campaign in 2009 to get farmers to plant the modified saplings. Unfortunately, three years into the $350-million campaign, output continues to fall and discouraged cocoa farmers are increasingly turning to the more lucrative palm oil industry. More...
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