Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 22, 2013)
Word of the Day

dustup

Definition:(noun) An angry dispute.
Synonyms:quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words
Usage: The teacher put a stop to the boys' dustup before it could come to blows.
Article of the Day

The Capture of the Hodag

In 1893, newspapers reported the discovery of a monstrous creature in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Called the "Hodag," it had the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, the back of a dinosaur, huge claws, and a long tail with spears on the end, according to townsman Eugene Shepard, who reported killing the beast with dynamite and later claimed to have captured one alive. Thousands came to see the creature, which he put on display at his home. What forced him to finally admit it had all been a hoax? 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
Virtue never has been as respectable as money.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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

Surgical Case Gives New Meaning to the Phrase "Hand and Foot"

A Chinese man who lost his hand in a work-related accident was able to have it reattached a month later, once his injured arm had had time to heal, thanks to an unusual procedure that involved stitching the severed extremity to his ankle to keep it alive in the interim. Without a blood supply, a severed hand is only viable for replantation for a few hours. By providing this man's hand with an alternative blood supply, surgeons were able to extend this window by weeks. More...
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