Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

rigmarole

Definition:(noun) Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense.
Synonyms:twaddle, story, saga, trash, jargon, yarn, gibberish, spiel
Usage: When I asked why he missed the meeting, he gave me some rigmarole about the train being late.
Article of the Day

Shire Horses

This breed of draft horse native to central England is known for the long, white, silky hair on the lower parts of its legs. Widely used as a war horse during the Middle Ages, the Shire was well adapted to carry the excessive weight of armor worn by both horse and rider. It was also originally the staple breed used to draw ale delivery carts. The tallest of the modern draft breeds, a Shire stallion may stand how many hands high? More...
This Day in History

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Reopens (1989)

The only remaining town gate of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was modeled after the propylaeum of the Athenian Acropolis. Originally topped with the "Quadriga of Victory," a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses, it was heavily damaged in World War II but was later restored. In 1961, the Berlin Wall blocked access to it for both eastern and western Germans, but it was reopened in 1989 with the reunification of East and West Berlin. The gate was the backdrop for what historic speeches? More...
Today's Birthday

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887)

Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician. Extremely poor, he was largely self-taught from age 15. In 1913, he began a correspondence with English mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that took him to England, where he made advances, especially in the theory of numbers, the partition of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions. He died of tuberculosis at age 32, generally unknown but recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius. What anecdote exists about Ramanujan and the number 1,729? More...
Quotation of the Day
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) heart's desire

Something one very much wants or needs. More...
Today's Holiday

Toji (2016)

The earliest mention of Winter Solstice celebrations in Japan dates back at least to 725 CE and comes from records left by Emperor Shomu. It is an especially happy time for farmers, because it marks the time of year when the days begin to grow longer and the sun nearer. Many of the customs associated with Toji are still observed in rural areas—they include enjoying citrus baths, eating foods made from pumpkins (which is believed to bring good luck), and offering gifts to one's ancestors. Servants and workers are often given a day off, and many shrines sponsor bonfires. More...
In the News

Scientists Have Found that Part of Your Brain Where Christmas Spirit Lives

If you looked inside the brains of Ebenezer Scrooge and his mild-mannered clerk Bob Cratchit, you may find biology explains their conflicting views on Christmas. It seems those warm feelings associated with the season actually activates a response in ... More...
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