Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

renovate

Definition:(verb) Restore to a previous or better condition.
Synonyms:restitute
Usage: This old farmhouse may look ramshackle now, but it will be the epitome of rustic charm once I renovate it.
Article of the Day

Batik

Practiced for centuries by the natives of Indonesia, batik is a fabric dyeing method that involves applying a design to a cloth's surface with melted wax, dying the material, and then removing the wax to reveal the pattern. Remains of clothing found in Java indicate that the same or similar patterns have been in use for about 1,000 years and are handed down in families. Certain designs were traditionally reserved for royalty. How has the process been industrialized in modern times? More...
This Day in History

The American Civil War Ends at Appomattox Court House (1865)

The first major engagement of the US Civil War was the First Battle of Bull Run, fought in 1861 partly on the farm of Wilmer McLean in Manassas, Virginia. A few years later, McLean moved to Appomattox Court House, a town which, coincidentally, would soon be the site of the war's effective end. It was there that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in McLean's parlor. Why did Grant stop Union troops when they began to celebrate the victory? More...
Today's Birthday

Eadweard J. Muybridge (1830)

Muybridge was an eccentric photographic innovator who left a vast and varied body of work. He is best known for his pioneering use of multiple still cameras to photograph the stages of motion. Hired by Leland Stanford to answer the question of whether there is a moment during a horse's stride when all four of its hooves are off the ground, he developed a special shutter for his cameras and a method for triggering them sequentially. Why was he acquitted of murdering his wife's lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

ice maiden

pejorative A coolly composed, unemotional woman; a woman without affection or warmth of feeling. More...
Today's Holiday

Semana Santa (Guatemala) (2017)

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is without doubt the biggest occasion of the year in Antigua, the old colonial capital of Guatemala, and one of the largest Easter celebrations in the New World. Thousands of tourists and believers come to the city to witness this massive display of religious theater. The entire Passion play, beginning with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ending with his Resurrection on Easter, is reenacted in the streets of Antigua—complete with armor-clad Roman soldiers on horseback, who charge through the town early on Good Friday looking for Jesus. More...
In the News

Britain Mourns Loss of Lady Thatcher

Britain's first female prime minister, "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, passed away Monday following a stroke. She was highly regarded in the political community, and news of her death elicited tributes from leaders around the globe. Thatcher's 11 years in office (1979-90) made her the longest continuously serving British prime minister in the 20th century. During that time, she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a controversial series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state. More...
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