Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

lurcher

Definition:(noun) Someone waiting in concealment.
Synonyms:lurker, skulker
Usage: Amanda caught a glimpse of a figure in the shadows of the alleyway and ran in fear of the mysterious lurcher.
Article of the Day

Thespis

Although almost nothing is known of his life or works, Greek tradition holds that Thespis was a poet often considered the "inventor of tragedy." According to Themistius, Aristotle said that tragedy in its earliest stage was entirely choral until Thespis introduced the prologue and speeches. Thespis, according to Themistius's account, was thus the first "actor." He was also the first recorded winner of a prize for tragedy at the Great Dionysia drama festival in what year? More...
This Day in History

After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

adrenaline junkie

One who constantly seeks out the sudden increase of energy associated with dangerous activities, similar to the way drug addicts seek out the "high" achieved by drug use. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Vincent's Day (2016)

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More...
In the News

Scientists Create Supersoldier Ants

Ant colonies are made up of individuals of three castes: queens, males, and workers. Some worker ants become soldiers, and on rare occasions they become supersoldiers. Supersoldiers have bodies that are twice the size of the standard soldier's and heads that are at least three times as large. They use their massive heads to protect the colony by blocking its entrance. Researchers have found that by simply treating larvae with a certain hormone at a specific point in development, they can be induced to become supersoldiers. The scientists were even able to create supersoldiers in ant species not previously known to produce them. More...
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