Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

bourdon

Definition:(noun) A pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone.
Synonyms:drone pipe
Usage: The continuous note emanating from the bourdon was hypnotic and carried the listener off into another world.
Article of the Day

Camels, the Even-Toed Ungulates

Camels, ruminant mammals of the family Camelidae, are well adapted to desert life, as they can live for several days without drinking and their broad, flat, two-toed feet do not sink in the sand. There are two species of true camel, the single-humped Arabian camel, a domesticated animal used in Arabia and N Africa, and the two-humped Bactrian camel of central Asia. The humps, fat stores that provide energy and water when metabolized, also aid in desert survival. How fast can a camel run? More...
This Day in History

The Day of Two Noons: US and Canada Adopt Standard Time Zones (1883)

Before the adoption of time zones, clocks in the US and Canada were set according to the position of the sun overhead, meaning that time varied according to location. For the rail industry, this presented a logistical nightmare, and so many railroads kept their own time, further complicating matters. Standardization solved everything. On "The Day of Two Noons," train stations reset their clocks according to newly adopted time standards. Which US city continued to keep local time until the 1900s? More...
Today's Birthday

Asa Gray (1810)

Considered one of the most important botanists in American history, Gray laid the foundation for the study of plants in North America. He made botanical expeditions to the western US, established Harvard University's botany department, and wrote prodigiously on the subject of plants, producing several classic, still-valued textbooks. Charles Darwin was such an admirer of Gray's work that he shared his theory of natural selection with Gray before publishing it. What toxin was named for Gray? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

in fee

law (specifically of land) In absolute legal ownership or subjection. More...
Today's Holiday

Morocco Independence Day (2017)

Independence Day, also known as Fête de l'indépendance, is a national holiday commemorating Morocco's independence from France on November 18, 1927. Other public holidays in Morocco include: August 20, the anniversary of the king's and people's revolution, and November 6, the anniversary of the Green March in 1975. In order to claim the Western Sahara for Morocco, more than 300,000 Moroccans marched into the territory, which the Spanish still controlled; Spanish troops left the area by early 1976. More...
In the News

Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp to Burned Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center ... More...
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