Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

dissension

Definition:(noun) Disagreement among those expected to cooperate.
Synonyms:discord
Usage: The sparks of dissension soon kindled into a blaze; and the colonies, or rather, as they quickly declared themselves, the States, became a scene of strife and bloodshed for years.
Article of the Day

Bat Bombs

During WWII, a dentist named Lytle Adams proposed a new method of aerial attack to the US military: the bat bomb. The plan called for containers filled with hundreds of bats fitted with small incendiary devices to be dropped over Japanese cities at dawn, a time when the nocturnal creatures would be inclined to find somewhere to roost. Shortly thereafter, the timed devices would detonate, creating widespread fires and chaos. How was his proposal received by government and military officials? More...
This Day in History

Syria Ends Occupation of Lebanon (2005)

In 1976, with his country embroiled in a deadly civil war, the Lebanese president turned to Syria for assistance. At his request, Syrian forces entered Lebanon. Despite their 29-year presence, the Syrians were unable to secure lasting stability. By 2005, Syrian influence in Lebanese government had provoked protests, which intensified after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian troops finally withdrew in April. When did the two countries re-establish diplomatic relations? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798)

Considered the foremost painter of the Romantic movement in France, Delacroix is known for his dramatic interpretations of scenes from mythology, literature, and political, religious, and literary history and for his sensuous use of color. His most influential work is 1830's revolution-themed Liberty Leading the People, which likely inspired the design of the Statue of Liberty. During a trip to Morocco, he painted many scenes of North African life. Why did he struggle to find subjects? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing exists; all is a dream. God—man—the world—the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!...And you are not you—you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

on (someone's) behalf

For the benefit, interest, or support of someone; as an agent, representative, or in place of someone. More...
Today's Holiday

John Audubon Day (2017)

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was America's foremost ornithological illustrator. After his death in 1851, Audubon's wife Lucy returned to teaching to support herself. One of her students, George Bird Grinnell, in 1886 organized the Audubon Society for the study and protection of birds. Today there are many branches of this organization, known as the National Audubon Society, and its members honor Audubon on his birthday, April 26. In some states, Audubon Day and Arbor Day are celebrated together by planting trees in bird sanctuaries. More...
In the News

Krill Shortage Taking Toll on Penguin Populations

Since 1986, chinstrap and Adelie penguin populations have declined by as much as 50%. Researchers attribute the decline to a shortage of krill, the penguins’ primary food source, which they believe is the result of a number of factors, including warming waters, less sea-ice cover, and increased whale and seal populations. With 80% less krill in the area than there was 20 years ago, far fewer young penguins are surviving to adulthood. Before krill became so abundant, fish made up a large part of penguins’ diets, but with commercial fishing now affecting fish populations, researchers worry that penguins may not be able to return to fish as a major food source. More...
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