Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 28, 2013)
Word of the Day

mesmerize

Definition:(verb) To hold (someone) as if spellbound.
Synonyms:spellbind, bewitch
Usage: She was mesmerized by the snake's intricate, colorful scales and could not help but take an inadvisable step toward it.
Article of the Day

Libro de los Juegos

Commissioned by Alfonso X of Castile and León, dubbed Alfonso the Learned, the Libro de los Juegos, or Book of Games, is an exemplary piece of the 13th-century king's vast literary legacy and one of the most important historical documents on the topic of board games. Completed in 1283, the detailed manuscript explores a game of skill, a game of chance, and a game that relies on both—chess, dice, and backgammon respectively. What did Alfonso hope to learn by studying these games? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)

Launched in April 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was sent by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look for evidence of water on Mars. A little over a year later, NASA announced that water had been detected there in the form of ice, suggesting the possibility of microbial life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix lander confirmed the presence of water in 2008. The presence of what element led NASA researchers to conclude that there was indeed water on Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
Behold, the fool saith, "Put not all thine eggs in the one basket"—which is but a manner of saying, "Scatter your money and your attention"; but the wise man saith, "Put all your eggs in the one basket and—watch that basket!"

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be a different kettle of fish

To be entirely different in scope or description from someone or something that was just being discussed. More...
Today's Holiday

Big Singing (2017)

Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky, brings together more than 100 singers trained in the tradition of shape-note singing. Together they enjoy a communal picnic lunch and spend the day singing hymns written in an almost-extinct style of musical notation called shape notes. A book titled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion increased the popularity of this kind of singing in 19th-century America. The Big Singing in Benton dates back to 1884; it is currently sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Southern Harmony Singing. More...
In the News

Citrus Could Combat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

In recent years, strains of tuberculosis have emerged that are able to withstand some of the most potent antibiotics on the market, but a fairly low-tech solution could be their undoing. When vitamin C is introduced to tuberculosis bacteria in a test tube, it triggers a process that kills off the bacilli—even drug-resistant strains. It is possible that, when used in conjunction with existing tuberculosis treatments, vitamin C could help root out these hard-to-treat infections. More...
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