Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

bollard

Definition:(noun) A thick post on a ship or wharf, used for securing ropes and hawsers.
Synonyms:bitt
Usage: He swung at the bollard and cut the rope, yet, anchored firmly otherwise, the boat did not drift far off.
Article of the Day

Comanche Moon

The Comanche were one of the first Native American Plains groups to adopt the horse as a significant part of their culture. By the mid-19th century, they were supplying horses to traders and settlers, but because many of the horses had been stolen, the Comanche were often drawn into battle. The group regularly attacked under the full moon, a condition which afforded them better visibility during nighttime raids and led to the term "Comanche Moon." How far south were the feared raids carried out? More...
This Day in History

Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)

Released to universal acclaim, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-generated film, as well as the first such film from Pixar Studios. Steve Jobs had purchased Pixar in 1986, but the company had yet to find its niche. When its 1988 short film Tin Toy won an Oscar, Disney took notice, and the two companies soon formed a partnership that would prove to be extremely successful, beginning with the release of Toy Story. What popular toy was cut from the original plot? More...
Today's Birthday

André Gide (1869)

A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo. In one of his most famous quotes, Gide advised that one should believe those who seek the truth and reserve doubt for whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in no circumstances

Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2017)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
In the News

Scientists Aim to Feed the World by Boosting Photosynthesis

A little extra light goes a long way. By fixing a glitch in plants' ability to use sunlight to make sugar, scientists have managed to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis by about 15% — an upgrade that could be used to raise agricultural crop yields. The ... More...
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