Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

marque

Definition:(noun) A model or brand of a manufactured product, especially an automobile.
Synonyms:brand, trade name
Usage: The public relations department argued that the prestige consumers associated with marque of the car was even more important than the quality of the product.
Article of the Day

Bacchanalia

Now a term used to describe any drunken revelry, bacchanalia were wild festivals honoring the Greco-Roman god of wine, Bacchus. Introduced around 200 BCE, bacchanalia were originally held in secret 3 times a year and attended only by women. Later, admission was opened to men and celebrations became as frequent as 5 times a month. The notoriety of the festivals led to a Senate decree in 186 BCE prohibiting them except in the event of special approval. What happened to those who defied the decree? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of Dwarf Planet Eris Is Announced (2005)

Though Eris was first photographed in 2003, scientists working at the Palomar Observatory did not realize that they had captured pictures of a previously unknown planet until re-analyzing the images in 2005. That year, news of the newly discovered planet was announced. Slightly larger than Pluto, the icy dwarf planet has its own moon, Dysnomia, and is one of the most distant objects in the solar system. Before its official naming in 2006, it was popularly known by the name of what TV character? More...
Today's Birthday

Ken Burns (1953)

Burns is an acclaimed American director and producer of lengthy historical documentaries. Known for his extensive use of archival footage and photographs, he is considered one of the most influential documentarians in the US. His films have been among public television's most-watched programs, and include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, and The National Parks. The Civil War is considered to be his masterpiece. What is the "Ken Burns Effect"? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no recollection which time does not put an end to, and no pain which death does not remove.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

junkyard dog

An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." More...
Today's Holiday

Ghanafest (2017)

Ghanafest is a one-day, annual event held on the last Saturday of July and sponsored by the Ghana Club of Chicago and other associations representing Ghanians in the Chicago area. The festival celebrates the history and culture of the west African nation and recognizes the bond of unity between Ghana and the United States. The festival includes a Ghanian Durbar, or gathering of the royal court. Entertainers from Ghana perform in a variety of musical styles, and marketplace vendors offer wares ranging from textiles, fine art, and jewelry to foods, including fried fish, Jollof-rice, and okro-soup. More...
In the News

Does It Pass the 'Smell Test?' Seeking Ways to Diagnose Alzheimer's Early

Alzheimer's researchers are looking to our noses and our eyes for early signs of disease. Two studies presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 suggested older adults with worsening ability to identify odors might ... More...
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