Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 01, 2013)
Word of the Day

higgledy-piggledy

Definition:(adjective) In utter disorder.
Synonyms:hugger-mugger, jumbled, topsy-turvy, disorderly
Usage: My mother ordered me to straighten up my room and get rid of the higgledy-piggledy piles of clothing littering my floor.
Article of the Day

Snoring

Snoring occurs when the soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, or muscles in the back of the throat rub against each other and generate vibrations during sleep. One in five adults is a chronic snorer, and nearly half of normal adults snore occasionally. The likelihood that a person snores increases with age, and about half of people over 60 snore regularly. Snoring can sometimes be remedied by sleeping on one's side rather than on one's back. What are some treatment methods for more serious cases? More...
This Day in History

Sony Introduces the Walkman (1979)

Sony's first truly portable cassette player, the Walkman, was originally developed for a company chairman who wanted to be able to listen to music on long plane rides. He was impressed, and less than a year later, the revolutionary device hit the market. Sales soon exploded, cementing the Walkman's place in pop culture. It remained popular throughout the 1990s, before CDs and mp3s supplanted cassettes. Who invented the portable personal stereo cassette player years before the Walkman's debut? More...
Today's Birthday

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646)

Leibniz was a German philosopher and mathematician who greatly expanded the field of calculus. He also perfected the binary number system—the basis for modern computing—and constructed one of the first practical calculators. A jack-of-all-trades, Leibniz worked on mechanical devices, delved into the study of logic, was a historian and lawyer at times, and is considered one of the fathers of geology. In the early 1700s, he became embroiled in a controversy with Isaac Newton over what issue? More...
Quotation of the Day
How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? Or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

come into question

To become doubted, scrutinized, or a matter of serious discussion. More...
Today's Holiday

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (2017)

Formerly an occupied territory of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on July 1, 1997. The day is reserved for official celebrations of Hong Kong and its unique "one country, two systems" arrangement with its mainland ally. Large crowds observe the anniversary by turning out for an official flag-raising ceremony displaying the emblems of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. There is also a parade featuring traditional drumming performances and dragon dance troupes. More...
In the News

Feast Your Eyes on This

Food tastes different depending on the utensils used to serve and eat it. Previous research has shown that crockery can influence our perceptions of foods, and new evidence suggests that cutlery plays a role as well. Cutlery's size, weight, shape, and color were all found to affect flavor perceptions. Food was rated as sweeter when it was eaten with a small spoon traditionally reserved for desserts, and cheese was perceived as saltier when served on a knife as opposed to a spoon, fork, or toothpick. In addition, the mere weight of a spoon was enough to influence the perceived density and sweetness of yogurt, as was the color contrast between the yogurt and the utensil. More...
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