Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

embonpoint

Definition:(noun) The bodily property of being well rounded.
Synonyms:plumpness, roundness
Usage: He had the lavish embonpoint of a pig.
Article of the Day

Eta Carinae

Around 1730, astronomers noted that Eta Carinae—one of the most massive stars known to science—had gotten brighter. It soon faded, only to intensify again in April 1843. Despite its enormous distance from Earth—about 7,500 light years—Eta Carinae became the second brightest star in the sky before again fading. Though the star was not destroyed in the 1843 "supernova imposter event," it could undergo a catastrophic explosion in the relatively near future. How might such an event affect Earth? More...
This Day in History

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Reopens (1989)

The only remaining town gate of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was modeled after the propylaeum of the Athenian Acropolis. Originally topped with the "Quadriga of Victory," a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses, it was heavily damaged in World War II but was later restored. In 1961, the Berlin Wall blocked access to it for both eastern and western Germans, but it was reopened in 1989 with the reunification of East and West Berlin. The gate was the backdrop for what historic speeches? More...
Today's Birthday

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887)

Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician. Extremely poor, he was largely self-taught from age 15. In 1913, he began a correspondence with English mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that took him to England, where he made advances, especially in the theory of numbers, the partition of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions. He died of tuberculosis at age 32, generally unknown but recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius. What anecdote exists about Ramanujan and the number 1,729? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have no right to distress any of God's creatures without a very good reason.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) heart's desire

Something one very much wants or needs. More...
Today's Holiday

Toji (2016)

The earliest mention of Winter Solstice celebrations in Japan dates back at least to 725 CE and comes from records left by Emperor Shomu. It is an especially happy time for farmers, because it marks the time of year when the days begin to grow longer and the sun nearer. Many of the customs associated with Toji are still observed in rural areas—they include enjoying citrus baths, eating foods made from pumpkins (which is believed to bring good luck), and offering gifts to one's ancestors. Servants and workers are often given a day off, and many shrines sponsor bonfires. More...
In the News

Drug Bust Indeed!

Crackdowns on drug smuggling have forced mules to get creative. Simply swallowing packets of drugs is apparently no longer sufficient for some smugglers, who have instead turned to surgical solutions to outwit law enforcement. One Panamanian woman recently took smuggling to a whole new level, getting cocaine-filled breast implants in order to sneak 3 lb (1.4 kg) of Colombian cocaine, valued at about $80,000 (60,000 euros), into Spain. At the Barcelona airport, the woman tried to pass off her open chest wounds as the result of a recent breast augmentation, but police grew suspicious and took her to a hospital, where the drug-filled implants were removed. More...
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