Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

overtone

Definition:(noun) An ulterior, usually implicit meaning or quality; an implication or a hint. Often used in the plural.
Synonyms:connotation, hint, implication, undercurrent, intimation
Usage: There were overtones of discontent in his speech.
Article of the Day

Earthquake Prediction

Strange animal behavior, changes in electromagnetic fields and the hydrogen content of soil, and the appearance of unusual clouds have all been cited as phenomena potentially related to impending earthquakes, yet earthquake prediction remains a controversial field. Skeptics maintain that there is little evidence linking observable factors with subsequent earthquake activity. What are the arguments against alerting people in advance if there is a chance of an earthquake? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill Delivers His "Finest Hour" Speech (1940)

Churchill delivered his celebrated "Finest Hour" speech after it became clear that France's surrender to Germany was imminent and that this would bring the Nazi enemy to England's doorstep. Churchill had been prime minister for just over a month when he delivered the 36-minute speech before the House of Commons. Warning that England would soon face attack, he tried to inspire courage, justify confidence in victory, and define the noble causes that Britain was fighting for, which were what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Montgomery Flagg (1877)

A prolific American artist and illustrator, Flagg designed 45 military posters during WWI, including the famous "I Want You" portrait of Uncle Sam. He studied abroad in England and Paris and, upon returning to New York, rapidly won a reputation as a technically skilled, versatile, and vivacious illustrator. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and oils, he contributed to Judge, Life, St. Nicholas, and other magazines. On whose face did Flagg model his well-known Uncle Sam? More...
Quotation of the Day
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2017)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
In the News

The Secret Behind Birds' Brainy Feats Revealed

The next time someone calls you a "bird brain," you may want to plant a big, fat kiss on their overgrown primate noggin. Inch for inch, birds ... More...
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