Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

miserly

Definition:(adjective) (Used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity.
Synonyms:mingy, tight, mean
Usage: The necessity of disbursing passage money for all his tribe seemed to disturb him in a manner that was the more striking because otherwise he gave no signs of a miserly disposition.
Article of the Day

Arcology

A portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "ecology," arcology refers to a set of architectural principles concerning the design of enormous habitats meant to accommodate an extremely high human population density. These largely hypothetical "hyperstructures" are designed to contain a variety of residential, commercial, and agricultural facilities intended to minimize individual human environmental impact. What existing structures incorporate principles of arcology in their design? More...
This Day in History

Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City (1872)

"The Met" is the foremost repository of art in the US, with a collection of more than two million works of art. Established for the purpose of encouraging the study of fine art, the museum opened in 1872 with just one stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings. However, the collection quickly outgrew its gallery space and in 1880 was moved to its iconic present-day location on the eastern edge of Central Park. In recent decades, the Met has used what controversial practice to acquire high-quality art? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansel Adams (1902)

Adams was an American photographer famous for his black-and-white landscape photographs and for his many books about photography, including a series of technical instruction manuals: The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. He invented the "zone system," a technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, and advocated a more sharply focused and composed style of photography than was in vogue at the time. What initially spurred his interest in photography? More...
Quotation of the Day
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

heavy-footed

Clumsy, ponderous, or lumbering in gait or tread. More...
Today's Holiday

Presidents' Day (2017)

The passage of Public Law 90-363 in 1968, also known as the "Monday Holiday Law," changed the observance of Washington's Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February. Because it occurs so soon after Lincoln's Birthday, many states—such as Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—combine the two holidays and call it Presidents' Day or Washington-Lincoln Day. Some regard it as a day to honor all former presidents of the United States. More...
In the News

Ancient Britons Fashioned Cups from Skulls

Skeletal remains unearthed in southwest England suggest that ancient Britons engaged in cannibalism and used human skulls as bowls for eating and drinking. The three 14,700-year-old human skulls had been meticulously cleaned of soft tissue, cut to remove the base and facial bones, and smoothed at the edges, a painstaking process that suggests they were part of some symbolic ritual. Researchers also found some evidence indicating that flesh and bone marrow from the skulls had been eaten. More...
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