Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

crepitate

Definition:(verb) Make a crackling sound.
Synonyms:crackle
Usage: My physical therapist jokes that I have bubble wrap in my knee, because it crepitates every time that I squat down.
Article of the Day

Kurt Wenner

Wenner is an American artist best known for his highly realistic, three-dimensional street art drawn using chalk. He produced his first chalk drawings on sidewalks in Rome after moving there in 1982 to study classical art. While he is not the only artist to have created anamorphic illusions in chalk, Wenner transformed the art form with his Renaissance-style mythical and religious scenes. He has also created advertisements. What work did Wenner do for NASA before studying in Rome? More...
This Day in History

Robert Kennedy Dies from Gunshot Wounds (1968)

Five years after US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, his younger brother, Senator Robert Kennedy, was shot and killed by a man named Sirhan Sirhan. The shooting took place on the night that Robert won the California Democratic presidential nomination. His body was taken to Arlington National Cemetery by train, and thousands of people gathered by the tracks to pay tribute. He was buried near his brother. In what way was the ceremony the only one of its kind in Arlington's history? More...
Today's Birthday

John Trumbull (1756)

After serving as an aide to George Washington during the American Revolution, Trumbull went to London to study painting under Benjamin West. He was imprisoned shortly thereafter—in retribution for the hanging of a British agent in the US—and left London upon his release. He returned in 1784 and began a celebrated series of historical paintings, four of which now hang in the US Capitol rotunda. His oft-reproduced Declaration of Independence is featured on what denomination of US currency? More...
Quotation of the Day
In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

get in the last word

To say the final words in an argument or discussion, especially one that decisively or conclusively ends it. More...
Today's Holiday

D-Day (2017)

This day marks the start of the Allied invasion of occupied France in 1944, which led to the final defeat of Hitler's Germany the following May. About 3,000 ships transported 130,000 British, Canadian, and American troops across the English Channel to land on the beaches of Normandy. Airborne troops began parachuting into Normandy at 15 minutes past midnight on June 6, and Landing Craft Transports plowed through the surf to spill troops onto the beaches. About 10,000 troops were killed or wounded that day. Each year, simple ceremonies at the Normandy cemeteries commemorate the men who fell. More...
In the News

Surgeons Testing "Touchless" Gaming Technology

Doctors in the UK have welcomed video game technology into the operating room. Surgeons in London are testing the touchless technology currently found in interactive gaming systems like Microsoft's Kinect to perform delicate vascular surgery. Surgeons can interact with the system by using voice commands or gestures, which are detected by a sensor, to manipulate images of the patient's body. This process allows for precise movements without requiring contact with non-sterile objects like computer keyboards during the operation. Doctors plan to attempt other types of surgery using the touchless technology, and say it could become the norm in the next decade. More...
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