Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 10, 2011)
Word of the Day

connive

Definition:(verb) Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Synonyms:scheme, intrigue
Usage: We had to send that perfectly innocent man to penal servitude for a crime we know he never committed, and it was only afterward that we could connive in a sneakish way at his escape.
Article of the Day

The Swedish Empire

Between 1611 and 1718, the Kingdom of Sweden was one of the great powers of Europe. Sweden first became powerful during the reign of King Gustavus II. Through a war with Russia, he acquired Ingermanland and Karelia. From Poland, he took nearly all of Livonia. By his victories at Breitenfeld and Lützen in the Thirty Years War, Gustavus made Sweden the dominant Protestant power of continental Europe. Its southern provinces were recovered from Denmark in 1660. What brought an end to Sweden's power? More...
This Day in History

The Brown Dog Affair: Rioting Peaks in London (1907)

In 1903, anti-vivisectionists enrolled as medical students at University College London and published an eyewitness account of a brown dog that had endured months of surgical experimentation while allegedly conscious. A professor named in the story sued for defamation and won. After the trial, anti-vivisectionists put up a statue of the dog as a monument in a park, but mobs of angry medical students rioted and tried to destroy it. In 1910, it was taken down by authorities. When was it replaced? More...
Today's Birthday

Nelly Sachs (1891)

Sachs was a German poet, translator, and dramatist. Born to a prosperous family, Sachs wrote poems mainly for fun until the advent of Nazism darkened her work and forced her to flee on one of the last flights to Sweden. Her lyrics from those years combine lean simplicity with intense imagery. Collections of her poetry include The Seeker and O the Chimneys. What other poet developed a deep friendship with Sachs, which unfortunately exacerbated both poets' mental illnesses? More...
Quotation of the Day
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

lazy-bones

A particularly lazy or indolent person. More...
Today's Holiday

Nobel Prize Ceremony (2017)

Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to people, regardless of nationality, deemed to have made the most significant practical efforts toward the well-being of the human race. In his will, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) directed that the income from his estate be used to fund five annual prizes. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901; a sixth prize—in economics—was added in 1969. Winners receive the awards at a special ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. The peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway. More...
In the News

Ancient Bedding Repelled Insects

If the current bedbug problem has taught us anything, it is that without harsh and often dangerous chemicals, we are at the mercy of many pests. Early humans could perhaps teach us a thing or two about repelling insects. Ancient bedding discovered in a South African cave contained bug-repelling plants that helped the people on them sleep more comfortably. An unintended consequence of these bug-repelling mattresses was that they also helped reduce the transmission of insect-borne diseases. At 77,000 years old, the bedding is 50,000 years older than any previously discovered prehistoric beds. More...
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