Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

ho-hum

Definition:(adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms:boring, deadening, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow
Usage: Lectures on human psychology always pique my interest, but this ho-hum speaker put me right to sleep.
Article of the Day

Twin Studies

Identical twins share virtually all of their genes, and fraternal twins share about 50%. This makes twins ideal subjects for behavioral geneticists, since they can compare how each individual in a pair is influenced by genes, shared family environment, and individual experience. One of the pioneers of twin studies was 19th-century scientist Sir Francis Galton, who was influenced by the work of his cousin, Charles Darwin. What fundamental misconception colored the research of early twin scholars? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Sports Illustrated Is Published (1954)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated—featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat—was published in 1954. The brainchild of Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, it became one of the most influential sports magazines in America. Though Sports Illustrated originally covered a wide range of sports, including hunting and yachting, today it focuses on major sports, such as football and baseball. When was the annual swimsuit issue first published? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888)

Lawrence was a British adventurer, soldier, and scholar popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia. He learned Arabic while on an archaeological expedition in Mesopotamia, then served in intelligence for the British army in Egypt during WWI. After conceiving a plan to support an Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Empire—a German ally—he joined the Arab forces and became a leader in the revolt, but he failed to achieve the formation of an independent Arab state. What did he later do under false names? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

knock (one's) head against a/the wall

To attempt continuously and fruitlessly to accomplish some task or achieve some goal that is or seems ultimately hopeless. More...
Today's Holiday

Daimonji Okuribi (2017)

In Japan, the belief that the souls of the dead return to earth during the Obon Festival gave rise to the custom of lighting great bonfires to guide the souls back to heaven after their yearly visit. This custom is known as Daimonji Okuribi, the Great Bonfire Event. In the city of Kyoto, an enormous flammable structure, built in the shape of the Chinese character dai, meaning "big," is set on fire on the hill in back of the Zenrinji Temple. The character is 530 feet tall and 510 feet wide, providing a spectacular display for city residents. More...
In the News

Art Thieves Propose Deal to Return Stolen Works

A gang of suspected art thieves on trial in Romania for breaking into Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum last October and stealing masterpieces by Picasso, Gauguin, Monet, and others are offering to return five of the seven works in exchange for moving their trial to the Netherlands. The proposition offers a glimmer of hope that many, if not all, of the paintings have survived. There had been fears that the mother of one of the suspects destroyed a number of the pieces following his arrest. It remains to be seen whether authorities will agree to the deal and whether the thieves can actually produce the paintings as promised. More...
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