On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1795: France adopts the metre as the basic measure of length.
 
On this Day in History in 1827: English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches.
 
On this Day in History in 1906: Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
 
On this Day in History in 1930: The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Bromidic
 
Pronunciation: (broh-MID-ik)
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Commonplace; trite.
2) pertaining or proper to a platitude; being a bromide
3) lacking in originality
4) given to uttering bromides
5) dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality
 
Etymology: From the former use of bromide compounds as sedatives. Bromine got its name from the Greek bromos (stench) due to its strong smell. Earliest documented use: 1906.