Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

elusion

Definition:(noun) The act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning).
Synonyms:slip
Usage: There was not much time, however, for thought or elusion, and she yielded as calmly as she could to the necessity of letting him overtake her.
Article of the Day

The Angora Rabbit

A popular pet of 18th-century French royalty, the Angora rabbit is a striking-looking variety of domestic rabbit that resembles a large, fluffy snowball. Its long, silky wool is valued for its softness and fluffiness and is often used in knit apparel like sweaters. It is important that these rabbits are regularly groomed and have their wool harvested; otherwise their coats can become matted or be ingested by the animal and cause digestive problems. How big can Angora rabbits get? More...
This Day in History

Black Friday Fires in Victoria, Australia (1939)

One of Australia's worst natural disasters took place in January 1939, when bushfires broke out in the state of Victoria. Over the course of several days, fires burned nearly 5 million acres of land, killing 71 people, destroying thousands of homes and businesses, and ravaging entire towns. An extremely hot and dry summer had preceded the fires, and the day they broke out, temperatures in Melbourne soared to a record 114.1 °F (45.6 °C). How long was it before the city had a hotter day than that? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophie Tucker (1884)

Tucker was a Russian-born American singer and entertainer who began performing vaudeville as a child, singing ragtime melodies in blackface. She later abandoned the makeup but continued in the African-American style, helping popularize the songs of black composers. Known for her racy songs, she enjoyed great success on tour and went on to appear in several stage and movie musicals but was best known as a nightclub torch singer. In her later years, she was billed under what moniker? More...
Quotation of the Day
Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Today's Holiday

Togo National Liberation Day (2016)

On January 13, 1967, Togo president Nicolas Grunitzky was overthrown by Gnassingbé Eyadema, who remained president of Togo until 2005. He was succeeded by his son, Faure Gnassingbé. To celebrate National Liberation Day, the Togo military joins with civilian bands to mount several colorful parades in the city of Lomé. Dissident groups have long opposed the celebrations, noting that January 13, 1963, saw the assassination of the nation's first president, Sylvanus Olympio. In 2008, President Gnassingbé called for an end to the public celebrations on National Liberation Day. More...
In the News

Parasites Responsible for "Zom-Bees"

For some unknown reason, honeybees have been dying out en masse in recent years, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. However, some bees collected by a biology professor to feed a praying mantis may be the key to unearthing just what is causing the colonies to disappear. The bees, he discovered, had been infected by parasitic flies. Further observation revealed that the flies deposit their eggs in bees' abdomens, causing them to abandon their hives and exhibit zombie-like behavior such as wandering in circles and congregating near lights. After about a week they die, and the fly larvae emerge. More...
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