Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

reconnoiter

Definition:(verb) To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.
Synonyms:scout
Usage: I resolved to go out for a few minutes to reconnoiter, and make myself acquainted with any facilities for flight or hiding which the situation of the house might present.
Article of the Day

Streisand Effect

The term "Streisand effect" describes the result of an attempt to suppress online information that instead increases its exposure. It was coined in 2003 after American entertainer Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for $50 million so that aerial photos of her home, part of a collection of California coastline photographs, would be taken off the Internet. The case was dismissed, and the ensuing media coverage further publicized the photos. What are other famous examples of the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

First Ascent of the Eiger's North Face (1938)

Switzerland's Eiger mountain was first summited in 1858, but the sheer north face of the 13,025-foot (3,970-m) Alpine peak was not successfully climbed until 1938, when two independent pairs of climbers met on the face, joined forces, and reached the summit as a team. It has been climbed many times since, sadly with many fatalities, which, due to the cliff's high visibility, occur in full view of nearby villages. Since 1935, how many people have died climbing the Eiger's so-called Murder Wall? More...
Today's Birthday

Amelia Mary Earhart (1897)

After attending an air show in 1920, Earhart, who had previously worked as a military nurse and a social worker, decided she wanted to become a pilot. She bought her first plane the following year. In 1928, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger, and four years later, she became the first female pilot to make the trip solo. In 1937, her plane mysteriously vanished over the Pacific as she and a copilot attempted to circumnavigate the globe. What happened to them? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Idiom of the Day

jug-eared

Having ears that stick out markedly from the side of the head, thus resembling the handles of a jug. More...
Today's Holiday

Hurricane Supplication Day (2017)

Observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John—Hurricane Supplication Day marks the beginning of the hurricane season. Special church services are held to pray for safety from the storms that ravage these and other Caribbean islands. The custom probably dates back to the "rogation" ceremonies (from the word rogare, meaning "to beg or supplicate"), which began in fifth-century England. Rogations usually followed a frightening series of storms, earthquakes, or other natural disasters. More...
In the News

Plain Packaging Reduces Cigarettes' Appeal

Australia was the first country in the world to mandate that cigarettes be sold in drab, standardized packages that prominently feature anti-s moking messages and images in place of tobacco company logos and colors. The aim of the legislation, which went into effect in late 2012, was to make cigarettes less appealing to smokers, and it appears to be working. Smokers polled during the country's transition from branded to standardized packs were more likely to think their cigarettes had declined in quality and to find them less satisfying if they were smoking cigarettes from standardized packs. They were also more likely to have frequently thought about quitting. More...
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