Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

populate

Definition:(verb) Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of.
Synonyms:inhabit, live, dwell
Usage: Millions of as yet undiscovered creatures populate the ocean depths.
Article of the Day

The Barber Pole

During medieval times, barbers also functioned as doctors and dentists, performing surgeries, bloodlettings, and tooth extractions. The original barber's pole had brass basins at the top and bottom, representing the vessel that held the leeches used in bloodletting procedures and the one that received the blood. The pole itself represents the staff patients gripped to encourage blood flow, while its red and white stripes symbolize bandages. What does the blue stripe on US barber poles represent? More...
This Day in History

The Last Supper Back on Display after Two-Decade Restoration (1999)

By the 1970s, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural masterpiece, The Last Supper, was badly deteriorated. Italian officials then undertook a major restoration project to permanently stabilize the painting and reverse the damage. The painting's original form was determined using original sketches and scientific tests, including infrared reflectoscopy and microscopic core-samples. The restoration took 21 years, and the painting was put back on display in 1999. Where is it located? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Oberammergau Passion Play (2020)

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been held since the 17th century in the small woodcarving village of Oberammergau, Germany, in the Bavarian Alps. The play, depicting the story of Christ's suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection, is presented in six hours by a cast of about 2,000. All performers are villagers, and the 600 with speaking parts are required to have been born in Oberammergau. Legend says that the play was first performed in 1634 in fulfillment of a vow to God that they would reenact the Passion if he would spare the villagers from the plague. More...
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