Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 06, 2015)
Word of the Day

apropos

Definition:(adjective) Being at once opportune and to the point.
Synonyms:relevant, timely
Usage: His book about safe investment, published right before the stock market crash, was more apropos than he expected.
Article of the Day

Bioluminescence

Fireflies light up due to bioluminescence: the ability of living organisms to convert chemical energy to light energy. Bioluminescence is also exhibited by some fungi, mollusks, and worms, and bioluminescent fish are common in the ocean's depths, likely because the light aids in species recognition in the darkness. Other animals use luminescence in courtship and mating, to divert predators, or to attract prey. Why is most marine bioluminescence in the blue and green part of the spectrum? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Waitangi Establishes New Zealand as a British Colony (1840)

Though considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, the Treaty of Waitangi has been the subject of much debate since it was signed by representatives of the British crown and Maori chiefs in 1840. It gave Britain control of New Zealand while recognizing the native inhabitants' land rights. However, the English and Maori texts differed, leading to many controversies over its stipulations. In 1913, one of the treaty documents was restored after having been partially eaten by what? More...
Today's Birthday

Aaron Burr (1756)

Before he shot and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in the famous duel, Burr was a well-regarded lawyer and politician, having served in the American Revolution and held various offices, including that of senator. But after Hamilton used his influence to thwart more than one of his political aspirations, Burr—then vice president—challenged him to a duel and won. Later, he was tried for and acquitted of treason for a plan to seize what areas of North America, possibly to create a new country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

Humpty Dumptyism

The act or practice of misusing or misinterpreting a word, phrase, or article of text to suit one's own meaning or purpose. Taken from the character Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, who states, "When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean." More...
Today's Holiday

Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) (2017)

This exuberant celebration of snow and ice has been held since 1950 in Sapporo, the capital city Hokkaido. The week's activities feature a colorful parade and competitive events in winter sports, as well as a display of colossal snow sculptures along the main street and in Odori Park. The sculptures are spectacular—intricately carved and often several stories high. About three weeks before the festival, a wooden frame is built and packed with snow; after the snow has hardened the frame is removed and the carving begins. A different theme is chosen each year for the sculptures. More...
In the News

"Python Patrols" to Wrangle Florida Snakes

Florida wildlife officials have begun training civilian "python patrols" to help in the fight against the invasive snake species that plague the state's southern half, including the Everglades. Volunteers can hunt for snakes in approved areas after completing a class in which they learn to identify and safely capture them. Florida is home to roughly 150,000 Burmese pythons, which are now considered established. Officials hope to contain a smaller population of North African rock pythons just miles from downtown Miami, but critics say the volunteer program is dangerous and will be ineffective. More...
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