Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 7, 2014)
Word of the Day

mellifluous

Definition:(adjective) Pleasing to the ear.
Synonyms:mellisonant, dulcet, sweet
Usage: Her mellifluous voice could make him agree to anything.
Article of the Day

Iron Lung

An iron lung—or negative pressure ventilator—is an airtight metal tank that encloses all of the body except the head and forces the lungs to inhale and exhale through regulated changes in air pressure. It was invented in 1928 by American industrial hygienist Philip Drinker. Though Drinker devised the iron lung to help victims of coal gas poisoning, it became a preferred treatment for polio, which tends to paralyze the respiratory muscles. What methods have largely replaced the iron lung? More...
This Day in History

Tupac Shakur Is Shot (1996)

In 1996, Shakur, an American rap star and actor, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting while stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas strip. He died six days later. The 25-year-old Shakur had been involved in a violent rivalry between the East and West Coast rap scenes and had survived another shooting less than two years earlier. His killer has never been identified. However, some suspect that it was a man who had been in a public altercation with Shakur hours before the shooting—who? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacob Lawrence (1917)

Lawrence was a leading black artist who portrayed African-American life, experience, and history with vivid, stylized realism. He was only in his twenties when his series depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North thrust him into the national spotlight. His use of somber browns and black for shadows and outlines in an otherwise vibrant palette lends his work a distinctive overtone, as does his flat painting style. Where can one view his last public work? More...
Quotation of the Day
She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

laugh in (one's) sleeve

To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. More...
Today's Holiday

Toronto International Film Festival (2017)

Second in size only to the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered one of the world's most prestigious artistic events; it features some of the year's most anticipated films, attracts leading stars in the movie business, and serves as a networking and educational opportunity for industry professionals. Festival organizers pride themselves on creating a public festival, which means film submissions from all over are accepted and screenings are open to the public as well as to the media and the film industry. More...
In the News

California Blue Whale Makes a Comeback

Once teetering on the brink of extinction, the California blue whale has recovered in an unprecedented way—reaching about 97 percent of historic population levels. Researchers estimate that there are now 2,200 of these whales in existence. It is the only population of blue whale known to have rebounded from the ravages of whaling. The blue whale is the largest known animal on Earth, growing to nearly 100 feet (30 meters) in length and weighing in at 190 tons (172 tonnes), twice as much as the largest known dinosaur. More...
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