Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

tatterdemalion

Definition:(noun) A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing.
Synonyms:ragamuffin
Usage: It was a crew of tatterdemalions that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Article of the Day

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision devices (NVDs) are optical instruments that allow for vision in the dark by detecting visible and infrared energy and providing a visible image. Although they are available to civilians, goggles and other NVDs are typically used by law enforcement agencies and the military. Introduced in the 20th century, NVDs have been used widely since the Vietnam War. They also played a key role in Operation Neptune Spear—the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What was the “snooperscope”? 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
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

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

University Accidentally Accepts, then Rejects, Hundreds

Roughly 800 applicants to Carnegie Mellon University's graduate program in computer science received word this week of their acceptance into the program, one of the country's elite—only to find out the next day that the acceptance emails had been sent in error. A spokesman for the school attributed the error to "serious mistakes" in the school's system. Mishaps with acceptance letters have become all too common in recent years, perhaps most notoriously at the University of California at San Diego, which in 2009 sent acceptance emails to all 46,000 applicants. More...
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