Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

execrable

Definition:(adjective) Of very poor quality; unequivocally detestable.
Synonyms:hateful, odious, deplorable
Usage: The meal they were served was execrable from beginning to end, but they were too hungry to care.
Article of the Day

Jacaranda

The Jacaranda is a tropical American tree or shrub that has pinnately compound, opposite leaves and panicles of pale purple flowers with funnel-shaped corollas. Several species are widely grown as ornamental plants throughout the subtropical regions of the world and are valued for their intense flower displays. What city in South Africa is popularly known as the Jacaranda City? More...
This Day in History

Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor known for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot and attained what military rank? More...
Quotation of the Day
All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Armed Forces Day (United States) (2017)

Before President President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the major branches of the United States armed forces held celebrations on different days in the year. The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote their unification under the Department of Defense and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces. In addition to the parade held in New York City, the armed forces often hold "open houses" to acquaint the public with their facilities and the latest technological advances. More...
In the News

Why is it raining spiders in Australia?

Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. But that's not where the frightful news ends: Experts say  ... More...
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