Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

ostensible

Definition:(adjective) Appearing as such but not necessarily so.
Synonyms:seeming, apparent
Usage: The ostensible reason of his appearance was the discovery, the very night before, of a "perfect little house."
Article of the Day

The Lost Land of Lemuria

Puzzled by the presence of lemur fossils in Madagascar and India—but not in Africa or the Middle East—19th-century geologist Philip Sclater theorized that the two land masses containing the fossils had once been part of a larger, now mostly submerged continent, which he named "Lemuria." Following the scientific community's acceptance of the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift, however, Sclater's theory was widely dismissed. What is one example of an actual sunken continent? More...
This Day in History

Nuremberg Laws Deprive German Jews of Citizenship and Civil Rights (1935)

Enacted in the early years of Adolf Hitler's rule, the Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of German citizenship, prohibited them from marrying non-Jews, and forbade them to hire non-Jewish domestic servants. Supplementary decrees laid down the criteria for determining exactly who was legally Jewish. Punishments for violating the laws included fines, hard labor, and even death. Three years after the laws were announced, another law required Jews to adopt what middle names? More...
Today's Birthday

William Howard Taft (1857)

An extremely large, easygoing man, Taft was said to have not really wanted to be US president. In 1908, he was elected anyway, having already served as solicitor general, appellate judge, secretary of war, and governor of the Philippines. His split with former president Theodore Roosevelt, who consequently ran for office again, cost them both the 1912 election. Taft later served as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was the last president to have what physical characteristic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2017)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
In the News

Saturn Unveiled: How Cassini Revealed the Ringed Planet

After 14 years of exploration, the Cassini spacecraft is preparing to write its final chapter on the Saturn system. No other spacecraft in history has come to know a single planetary system as intimately as Cassini knows Saturn: Cassini is the first spacecraft ... More...
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