Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 19, 2017)
Word of the Day

petrous

Definition:(adjective) Of, relating to, or resembling rock, especially in hardness; stony.
Synonyms:stonelike
Usage: The veterinarian removed several rounded, petrous objects from the animal's wound.
Article of the Day

Jug Bands

Jug bands are musical groups that use a mix of traditional and improvised instruments—usually ordinary objects modified for making music, such as the jug, washtub bass, washboard, spoons, stovepipe, and kazoo. Early jug bands were typically made up of African-American vaudeville and medicine show musicians. Emerging in the urban South, the bands played a mixture of Memphis blues—before it was formally called the blues—ragtime, and Appalachian music. How does one play the jug? More...
This Day in History

Apple Lisa Launched (1983)

In 1983, after five years of development, Apple released the Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface. Although the Lisa was a commercial failure—due in part to its initial price tag of $9,995—it had a significant impact on the computer industry. It is often rumored to have been named after the first daughter of Apple's Steve Jobs, though several acronyms have been ascribed to the name. What project did Jobs join after being forced out of the Lisa project? More...
Today's Birthday

James Watt (1736)

A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen's steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

home, James (, and don't spare the horses)

A humorous directive for a driver to take one home directly and without delay. More...
Today's Holiday

Bonfim Festival (Festa do Bonfim) (2017)

There is a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, known as Our Lord of the Happy Ending (bonfim). Today during the Bonfim Festival, hundreds of Brazilian women dress in the traditional white dresses of colonial Bahia and form a procession to the church. The bahianas balance jars of water, scented with blossoms, on their heads. The washing of the steps at Bonfim Basilica on the second Thursday after Epiphany is the highlight of the festival. More...
In the News

Shark Switches to Asexual Reproduction, Gives Male-Less Birth

Did you know that sharks can reproduce asexually? It's true -- female sharks can produce offspring without a contribution from a male shark. This is called parthogenesis, and has been observed in frogs, fish, lizards, plants, insects and birds, to name ... More...
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