Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

jalopy

Definition:(noun) An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.
Synonyms:heap, bus
Usage: The jalopy didn't even make it to the junkyard, breaking into a thousand pieces as soon as we climbed inside.
Article of the Day

The Lafarge Poisoning Case

In one of the first trials followed by the public through daily newspaper reports, Frenchwoman Marie-Fortunée Lafarge, who stood accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic, was found guilty of murder. Her conviction in 1840 was the first to be based heavily on direct forensic toxicological evidence. During the trial, local experts presented contradictory testimony regarding the presence of arsenic in the victim's body, and it was ultimately exhumed and tested using what new detection method? More...
This Day in History

Qatar Becomes an Independent State (1971)

Qatar, located on a small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, became a British protectorate in 1916. It remained under British control for more than 50 years, a period during which oil was discovered there and Qatar rapidly modernized. In 1968, Britain declared that it would disengage from the region, and Qatar joined a federation of nearby states. However, disputes arose, and, in 1971, Qatar became an independent state. Prior to the discovery of oil there, Qatar was noted for what unusual industry? More...
Today's Birthday

Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry's mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry's 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man dies as often as he loses his friends.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) final resting place

The location where one's body is interred after death. More...
Today's Holiday

Hatch Chile Festival (2017)

This event pays tribute to the green chili (as it is more commonly spelled outside of New Mexico), New Mexico's state vegetable. The small town of Hatch is the center of the chili-growing industry. At festival time, the aroma of chilis permeates the town, and a marvelous variety of chilis in all forms can be purchased: dried red chilis in ornamental braids called ristras, chili salsa, chili jelly, chili wine, and chili con carne. Besides food, the festival features the crowning of a Green Chile Queen, a skeet shoot, a fiddling contest, a cook-off, and a ristra-making contest. More...
In the News

Tasmanian Devils Evolving Rapidly to Fight Cancer

Scientists have found that the Tasmanian devil had somehow developed resistance to a cancer that researchers previously believed would wipe the species off the planet. The study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications gives hope that the ... More...
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