Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

lachrymator

Definition:(noun) A gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds.
Synonyms:teargas
Usage: When the demonstration turned violent, the police used a potent lachrymator to disperse the mob.
Article of the Day

Chives

Chives grow wild throughout most of the northern hemisphere, forming perennial clumps about 5 in (12 cm) high. Chives consist of an underground bulb, long hollow tubular leaves, and globe-shaped purple flower heads. They are the mildest and smallest member of the onion family and lack the bitterness of raw onions. Their leaves are often used as a garnish for salads or to flavor foods such as fish, potatoes, and soup. What effect does eating chives have on the circulatory system? More...
This Day in History

Charlemagne Crowned Emperor (800 CE)

Charlemagne was king of the Franks (768–814) and emperor of the West (800–814). With the exception of the British Isles and parts of Italy and Spain, he united in one vast state almost all the Christian lands of Western Europe. After restoring Leo III to the papacy, he was crowned emperor in Rome on Christmas Day, 800 CE, finalizing the split between the Byzantine and Roman empires and marking the revival of the empire that was the forerunner of the Holy Roman Empire. What language did he speak? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Chevrolet (1878)

Born in Switzerland, Chevrolet was an auto mechanic who emigrated to the US in 1900 to race cars. In 1905, he drove a mile in a record 52.8 seconds. In 1911, he founded the Chevrolet Motor Company with support from General Motors founder William C. Durant and designed its first car. He sold his interest in 1915 but continued making racecars. His cars won the Indy 500 in 1920 and 1921. He later formed an aircraft company with his brother, but the venture failed. Who drove his winning car in 1920? More...
Quotation of the Day
Considering the unforeseen events of this world, we should be taught that no human condition should inspire men with absolute despair.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

heavy-hearted

Sorrowful; melancholy; depressed. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas (Greece) (2016)

According to Greek folklore, supernatural beings with unusual powers are present upon earth during the 12 days between Christmas Eve and Epiphany. The name for these spirits is kallikantzari, and they wander about during the Christmas season causing mischief. They are ugly and unkempt, and their favorite way of getting into the house is through the chimney, much like the traditional Santa Claus. Christmas masqueraders often dress in animal skins to represent these demons, and their jangling bells are supposed to drive the spirits away. More...
In the News

Are Those Geysers on Saturn's Moon Running out of Steam?

The famous geysers on Saturn's icy, ocean-harboring moon Enceladus aren't what they used to be. The geysers, which blast material from Enceladus' subsurface ocean into space from the moon's south polar region, were first spotted by NASA's Saturn-orbiting ... More...
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