Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 07, 2016)
Word of the Day

effigy

Definition:(noun) A likeness or image, especially of a person.
Synonyms:simulacrum, image
Usage: The penny bears an effigy of Lincoln.
Article of the Day

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

In 1885, after attaching a bellows camera to a compound microscope, Bentley became the first known snowflake photographer. He went on to develop a highly successful method of photographing the ephemeral snow crystals on a black velvet backing before they melted. Bentley also collaborated on the article that proposed the idea that no two snowflakes are alike. In 1931, some 2,000 of Bentley's 5,000 snowflake photographs were published in a book titled what? More...
This Day in History

Federal Emergency Declared at Love Canal in New York (1978)

In the 1940s and 50s, an abandoned canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became a dumping ground for chemical waste. It was later filled in, and after the land was given to the city of Niagara Falls by the chemical company, houses and an elementary school were built there. By the late 1970s, toxic chemicals had risen to the surface, and residents were found to have a high incidence of chromosome damage. A federal emergency was declared in 1978, and residents were evacuated. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Nolde (1867)

Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Farmers Day (2017)

Farmers Day celebrates the country of Zambia's agricultural sector, praises their efforts in providing crops to feed the country, and gives them a day to relax from their labors. Governmental officials normally give speeches outlining the advances in the harvest of crops, particularly maize. But average citizens enjoy a variety of sporting events that are held on the Farmers Day weekend, including soccer championships. More...
In the News

Pregnancy Myths that Are True: Women Are More Fertile after Tonsils and Appendixes Are Removed, Stud

One of the many myths regarding pregnancy and conception has recently been busted. For years, there has been a lot of confusion on whether having tonsils and appendixes removed reduced a woman's chances of getting pregnant. Now, finally, the myth has ... More...
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