Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 7, 2016)
Word of the Day

effigy

Definition:(noun) A likeness or image, especially of a person.
Synonyms:simulacrum, image
Usage: The penny bears an effigy of Lincoln.
Article of the Day

Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

In 1885, after attaching a bellows camera to a compound microscope, Bentley became the first known snowflake photographer. He went on to develop a highly successful method of photographing the ephemeral snow crystals on a black velvet backing before they melted. Bentley also collaborated on the article that proposed the idea that no two snowflakes are alike. In 1931, some 2,000 of Bentley's 5,000 snowflake photographs were published in a book titled what? More...
This Day in History

Hermine Braunsteiner Becomes First Nazi Extradited from the US (1973)

Nicknamed the "Stomping Mare" for her violent kicking of prisoners, Braunsteiner was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII. After the war, she spent a brief period in jail for war crimes before marrying an American and becoming a US citizen. In 1964, she was confronted at her home in New York by a reporter tipped off about her past by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. When her role in the war came to light, she was stripped of her citizenship and extradited to West Germany. What became of her? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heathcoat (1783)

Heathcoat was not the first person to invent a lacemaking machine, but his apparatus was the first to produce an exact imitation of handmade pillow lace. Patented in 1809, it was the most complex textile machine then in existence. Heathcoat decided to capitalize on his invention by opening a lace mill, but textile workers, angry that they were being replaced by machines, attacked and destroyed it in 1816. Undeterred, he opened a new mill elsewhere. What happened to the steam plough he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Today's Holiday

Dublin Irish Festival (2016)

During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as the ceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations. More...
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