Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

saltpeter

Definition:(noun) (KNO3) Used especially as a fertilizer and explosive.
Synonyms:niter, potassium nitrate
Usage: Gunpowder was not invented by any one; it was the lineal successor of the Greek fire, which, like itself, was composed of sulfur and saltpeter.
Article of the Day

Father Divine

George Baker was a controversial African-American spiritual leader. He began preaching to poor blacks in the rural American south, moved north, and established the Peace Mission Movement in New York City in 1919. Calling himself Father Divine and claiming to be God, he attracted a large following in New York and Philadelphia. He preached communal living and racial equality and prohibited tobacco, liquor, and cosmetics. Which infamous cult leader claimed to be the reincarnation of Father Divine? More...
This Day in History

Slovenia National Day (1991)

Following WWI, Slovenia formed a federation with Serbia and Croatia that in 1929 became Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on the same day as Croatia—after elections in 1990 showed that 88 percent of the people wished to secede. Yugoslavia immediately took military action, but the resulting Ten-Day War had few casualties, and the Slovenian victory solidified the new nation's independence. In 2008, Slovenia became the first post-communist country to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Henri (1865)

Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation? More...
Quotation of the Day
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

in the wild

In naturally occurring conditions or environments. More...
Today's Holiday

Idaho Regatta (2017)

This full-throttle event is held on the Snake River at Burley, Idaho. Burley's population of 9,000 is doubled for the regatta, which is a qualifying race for the American Power Boat Association Western Divisional Championship. A hundred speedboats in 11 inboard limited classes compete for a share of $35,000 in cash prizes—and a mink coat. The regatta has been held since the 1970s, and boats are entered from throughout the country. They include seven-liter, hydroplanes, super-stock, pro-stock, KRR flat-bottoms, Comp Jets, and stock hydros. More...
In the News

Humans May Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

For decades, scientists have debated whether or not humans are able to sense the Earth's magnetic field, and the results of a recent study suggest that people may, in some sense, see it. When fruit flies were engineered to lack cryptochrome, a light-sensitive protein implicated in the regulation of circadian rhythms and some species' navigational abilities, they were unable to align themselves with magnetic fields. However, when they were made to produce the variant of cryptochrome that is found in the human eye, they recovered their magnetoception ability. More...
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