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Word of the Day, October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015



Word of the Day

windbreaker 

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Definition: (noun) A trademark used for a warm outer jacket having close-fitting, often elastic, cuffs and waistband.
Synonyms: anorak, parka, windcheater
Usage: George's windbreaker was torn, and he shivered in the cold night air.

Article of the Day

The Incandescent Light Bulb

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Now the iconic symbol for an idea, the electric incandescent light bulb was independently produced in the late 1870s by Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison—and perhaps earlier by others. However, Edison has received the major credit for this invention because he also developed the power lines and other equipment needed for a lighting system. Financed by the likes of J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilts, Edison achieved success using a carbon filament in his design. How do incandescent light bulbs work?
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This Day in History

I Love Lucy Premieres (1951)

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In 1951, Lucille Ball became one of the first movie stars—and the first woman—to headline a television series. The prototypical situation comedy, I Love Lucy became a spectacular success, showcasing Ball's comic energy, flair for slapstick, and chemistry with her co-star and real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, as they portrayed the zany middle-class couple Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. The program is still syndicated today. What word was once prohibited from being used on I Love Lucy?
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Today's Birthday

Virgil (70 BCE)

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Virgil was a Roman poet and the author of the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the Aeneid, widely regarded as one of the greatest long poems in world literature. The Aeneid, Rome's national epic, tells the legendary story of the Trojan hero Aeneas, whose descendants become the founders of Rome. What later poet portrayed Virgil as the guide to Hell in his great literary classic The Divine Comedy?
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Today's Holiday

Kenka Matsuri

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The Kenka Matsuri (Roughhouse Festival) takes place October 14-15 in Shirahama, Japan, and thousands flock to the shrine where the festival is held. The roughhousing starts as teams of mikoshi-bearers jostle each other for position in the procession to the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. Once they reach the shrine, they spin their heavy burden, raise it up high in the air and let it crash to the ground—difficult maneuvers designed to thrill the crowd. The mikoshi engage in a final battle in an open field, where thousands of cheering spectators take sides and and egg them on.
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Quote of the Day

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Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

In the News

"Supercoiled" DNA Puts the Simple Double Helix to Shame

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When most of us think of DNA, we think of that iconic double helix shape. But when you zoom out, DNA gets a lot more complicated. "When Watson and Crick described the DNA double helix, they were looking at a tiny part of a real genome, only about one ...
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