Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 10, 2014)
Word of the Day

irascible

Definition:(adjective) Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered.
Synonyms:hotheaded, quick-tempered, choleric, short
Usage: He was a singularly irascible man; any little thing would disturb his temper.
Article of the Day

Origami

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into decorative or representative shapes. Its early history is unknown, but it likely developed from the older art of folding cloth. Over the centuries, an extensive literature has developed around the art form, helping spread the practice far beyond Japan's borders. The crane is a favorite subject of the origami tradition. According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. What is kirigami? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential "mad scientist"? More...
Quotation of the Day
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) call

To be ultimately left up to someone to decide. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Festival (2017)

An annual event since 1926, Michigan's National Cherry Festival takes place in Traverse City, where 70 percent of the world's red cherries are grown. The festival features both traditional and offbeat events involving cherries: cherry pie-eating and cooking contests, a cherry wine competition, displays of cherries and cherry products, free tours of the cherry orchards, a cherry smorgasbord luncheon, and the weighing-in of the world's largest cherry. It also includes three major parades, national high school band competitions, canoe races, and a water ski tournament. More...
In the News

Caribbean Coral Reefs Suffering Dramatic Decline

If scuba diving in the Caribbean is on your bucket list, you may want to make it happen sooner rather than later. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says many of the Caribbean's coral reefs are in decline and could vanish in the next 20 years. Data suggest that Caribbean coral habitats have declined by more than 50 percent since the 1970s and that this trend will continue if action is not taken to protect these beautiful marine ecosystems. More...
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