Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 26, 2016)
Word of the Day

bookplate

Definition:(noun) A label bearing the owner's name or other identification that is pasted usually on the inside cover of a book.
Synonyms:ex libris
Usage: I learned from the bookplate that the previous owner of my copy of Gone with the Wind had been a woman named Scarlett.
Article of the Day

Wingsuit Flying

Wingsuit fliers wear a specialized jumpsuit that shapes the human body into an airfoil, a structure whose shape provides lift, propulsion, stability, and directional control over a flying object. Fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms of the wingsuit allows the flier to glide through the air much like a bird, while a separate parachute allows him to land safely. A British stuntman died wing-diving in 2013, just a year after he parachuted into what high-profile event? More...
This Day in History

Syria Ends Occupation of Lebanon (2005)

In 1976, with his country embroiled in a deadly civil war, the Lebanese president turned to Syria for assistance. At his request, Syrian forces entered Lebanon. Despite their 29-year presence, the Syrians were unable to secure lasting stability. By 2005, Syrian influence in Lebanese government had provoked protests, which intensified after the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and Syrian troops finally withdrew in April. When did the two countries re-establish diplomatic relations? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798)

Considered the foremost painter of the Romantic movement in France, Delacroix is known for his dramatic interpretations of scenes from mythology, literature, and political, religious, and literary history and for his sensuous use of color. His most influential work is 1830's revolution-themed Liberty Leading the People, which likely inspired the design of the Statue of Liberty. During a trip to Morocco, he painted many scenes of North African life. Why did he struggle to find subjects? More...
Quotation of the Day
A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

on (someone's) behalf

For the benefit, interest, or support of someone; as an agent, representative, or in place of someone. More...
Today's Holiday

John Audubon Day (2017)

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was America's foremost ornithological illustrator. After his death in 1851, Audubon's wife Lucy returned to teaching to support herself. One of her students, George Bird Grinnell, in 1886 organized the Audubon Society for the study and protection of birds. Today there are many branches of this organization, known as the National Audubon Society, and its members honor Audubon on his birthday, April 26. In some states, Audubon Day and Arbor Day are celebrated together by planting trees in bird sanctuaries. More...
In the News

Mice Flown in Space Found to Have Signs of Early Liver Damage, Study Shows

A group of mice that spent two weeks in space on board the shuttle Atlantis were found to have early signs of liver damage, raising concerns about the possible implications for a manned mission to Mars, according to a new study. After the rodents spent ... More...
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