Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

off-color

Definition:(adjective) In violation of good taste even verging on the indecent.
Synonyms:indelicate
Usage: The shareholder's meeting was entirely the wrong forum for his off-color joke.
Article of the Day

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Built in the 1950s by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome is an aerospace launch facility located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The world's first artificial satellite and first manned spacecraft were launched from there, and the base is still used by the Russian space program. Though the city that sprang up around the facility now shares the name Baikonur, it was originally Tyuratam. Baikonur was a mining town about 200 miles (320 km) away. Why was the base named for a distant town? More...
This Day in History

First Issue of Scientific American Magazine Is Published (1845)

In 1845, Rufus Porter—an eccentric inventor, painter, and editor—published the first issue of Scientific American, a weekly newspaper about new inventions. By 1853, its circulation had reached 30,000 and it was reporting on various sciences, such as astronomy and medicine. In 1921, it became a monthly. Its solidly-researched, well-written articles, accompanied by illustrations and explanations, have made it a highly regarded publication. How much did the first subscriptions cost? More...
Today's Birthday

William Robertson Davies (1913)

Davies was one of Canada's most distinguished writers. Educated at Oxford, he produced more than 30 works of fiction throughout his long literary career, as well as plays, essays, and criticism. Among the themes explored in his densely plotted novels are life's moral dimensions and the isolation of the spirit. He is best known for his three novel trilogies dealing with life and culture in fictional Ontario villages. What innovative technology, considered indispensible today, did he proudly shun? More...
Quotation of the Day
One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

in the last analysis

When everything has been considered; when all the facts are known or the truth has come to light. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (2017)

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the "Four Latin Fathers" of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine's Day in 1565, they named the U.S.'s oldest European community after him. More...
In the News

American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Circumcision

People have long debated the ethics and benefits of infant circumcision, but experts are still divided on the controversial issue. Months ago, a German court made headlines when it ruled that circumcision causes grievous bodily harm and should not be performed on any male prior to the age of consent. The American Academy of Pediatrics, meanwhile, just issued new guidelines stating that the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks, citing evidence that the procedure can reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and human papillomavirus. More...
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