Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 26, 2012)
Word of the Day

substandard

Definition:(adjective) Falling short of some prescribed norm.
Synonyms:deficient, inferior
Usage: Substandard housing endangers the welfare of residents.
Article of the Day

Lost-Wax Casting

The lost-wax method of casting metal sculptures was developed thousands of years ago and is still used by metalworkers today. In this labor-intensive process, a clay or plaster model is coated with wax and then covered with a perforated plaster or clay mold. When the cast dries, the wax is melted and drained and replaced with molten metal. Archeological evidence suggests that metalworkers in India and Mesopotamia were using this method as early as 3500 BCE to make what sorts of objects? More...
This Day in History

The Henley Regatta Is Established in England (1839)

Until 1839, the little town of Henley-on-Thames was known primarily as a glass-producing port town. During a town hall meeting that year, Captain Edmund Gardiner proposed holding a regatta, since the growing popularity of rowing could benefit the town. Today, the rowing competition is a world-class competition that draws oarsmen from around the world for five days each summer, with thousands of spectators taking part in its traditions. How did it officially become a "royal" regatta in 1851? More...
Today's Birthday

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794)

Schnorr was a German religious and historical painter and draftsman. As a child, he studied under his father, who was an engraver and painter. In 1817, he went to Rome, where he became associated with the Nazarene movement of painters, who rejected most painting after the Middle Ages and focused primarily on religious subjects for their art. Schnorr is best known for the hundreds of illustrations he created for a pictorial Bible. He also designed the windows of what famous London cathedral? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whipping and abuse are like laudanum; you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

be here to stay

To become permanent or firmly established; to be a normal part of everyday life, especially after once being abnormal or unusual. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Independence Day (2017)

This public holiday celebrates the declaration of independence of the state of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the region that is now Bangladesh became East Pakistan, and was governed together with West Pakistan as one country. By early 1971, differences between East and West Pakistan led to war. When India entered the war in November, independence was assured. Bangladeshis observe this national holiday in the capital city of Dhaka with memorial ceremonies, a boat race on the Buriganga river, and other festivities. More...
In the News

Hacktivists Stealing More Data than Criminals

According to Verizon, more than half of all the data stolen from large corporations in 2011 was taken by so-called hacktivists, hackers who gain unauthorized entrance into computers to steal data or perform mischief in pursuit of political ends. In the past, hacktivists mainly defaced websites or carried out denial of service attacks, but last year saw a major shift toward data theft. By comparison, just 35 percent of the data stolen last year was taken by organized criminal groups. More...
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