Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

doodad

Definition:(noun) Something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known.
Synonyms:gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, widget, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick
Usage: My twin sister and I have a special bond, so when she asks to borrow my doodad, I know exactly what she is talking about.
Article of the Day

Iambic Pentameter: Shakespeare's Rhythm

Iambic pentameter is a meter in poetry consisting of lines of five feet in which the iamb is the dominant foot. The iamb is characterized by a short, stressed syllable followed by a long, unstressed one. Shakespeare favored iambic pentameter in many of his sonnets and plays. What are examples from Shakespeare's work that feature this meter? More...
This Day in History

George Westinghouse Patents the Automatic Air Brake (1872)

Prior to the advent of trucking in the early 1900s, rail was the only efficient way to transport goods over land. However, before the 1870s, there was no easy way to quickly stop the extremely heavy freight trains. Brakemen scrambled over the tops of moving cars to activate hand brakes on each one. The system was unreliable, resulting in frequent derailments, and many brakemen were killed or maimed after falling from trains. The air brake solved all of those problems. How did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Pyle (1853)

Pyle was an American illustrator and writer who specialized in tales of chivalry and adventure for children. He rewrote and realistically illustrated classic tales about figures like Robin Hood and King Arthur, adapting the stories to suit a younger audience. In 1900, he founded an art school, and many of his students went on to become famous illustrators themselves. Today, he is considered the father of American illustration. Which noted Post-Impressionist painter was an admirer of Pyle's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Idiom of the Day

leave (someone) holding the baby

To foist responsibility or guilt for something on someone else; to allow someone else to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Iditarod (2017)

The Iditarod is the world's longest and toughest sled dog race, across the state of Alaska from Anchorage on the south-central coast to Nome on the Bering Sea just south of the Arctic Circle. The race, which began in 1973, follows an old frozen-river mail route and is named for a deserted mining town along the way. A number of events are clustered around the running of the race. At Wasilla, near Anchorage, Iditarod Days are held on the beginning weekend of the race and feature softball, golf on ice, fireworks, and snow sculptures. More...
In the News

Cameras Capture Reptilian Death Match

In a battle to the death between snake and crocodile, which cold-blooded carnivore prevails? Captured on camera by local residents, a brutal, hours-long matchup between a 10-foot snake—likely a python—and a croc in Queensland's Lake Moondarra ended with the snake constricting the crocodile to death. Having bested its opponent, the snake then proceeded to drag the dead crocodile out of the water onto land and, over the course of about 15 minutes, swallow it whole. More...
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