Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

unskillful

Definition:(adjective) Poorly done.
Synonyms:botchy, butcherly
Usage: I am afraid that what was first done was unskillful, if not worse than useless.
Article of the Day

Lichtenberg Figures

Named for German physicist Georg Lichtenberg, Lichtenberg figures are branching, lightning-like fractal patterns that can appear on or in insulating materials, such as glass, after an electrical discharge. They are also sometimes found on the skin of lightning strike victims in the form of intricate patterns thought to be caused by damage to small blood vessels along the path of the current. In capturing the figures on paper, Lichtenberg discovered the principle behind what modern technology? More...
This Day in History

Peanuts Is First Published (1950)

The enormously popular syndicated comic strip Peanuts was first published in 1950. It ran continuously for the next 50 years, ending shortly before the death of its creator, Charles Schulz. The strip chronicled the childhood travails of Charlie Brown and his friends, including Lucy and Linus, and his dog, Snoopy. Schulz's characters also adorned hundreds of products, making him the world's wealthiest cartoonist. Which of Charlie Brown's friends appeared in the first strip? More...
Today's Birthday

Nat Turner (1800)

Turner was an American slave who believed that he had been chosen to lead the slaves out of bondage. He took a solar eclipse in 1831 as a sign and began his rebellion with a few trusted fellow slaves. They killed his master's family and went from house to house, freeing slaves and killing the white people they found. The rebels grew to more than 70 before the state militia quashed the insurrection. Turner was tried and hanged along with 56 others. What laws were passed in response to the revolt? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

have a mountain to climb

To have an extremely difficult, seemingly impossible task at hand. More...
Today's Holiday

Marino Wine Festival (2016)

The Italian town of Marino is located in the area southeast of Rome known as the Castelli Romani, after the numerous castles, palaces, and Renaissance villas that dot the landscape. Marino is known as a wine town, and during the town's wine festival in early October, the new grape harvest is celebrated by letting the previous year's wine gush freely from the Moors Fountain. Crowds of Romans eager to escape the city descend upon Marino with jugs, bottles, and thermoses to fill. The wine is free for the taking and is the perfect accompaniment to a porchetta sandwich. More...
In the News

Mice May Hold Key to Scar-Free Healing

In the same way that some lizards shed appendages to escape predators that have managed to grab hold of them, certain creatures actually shed their skin in order to get away. The African spiny mouse is one such mammal. Its skin tears easily under low tension, yet even when large patches of skin are lost, the tissue grows back quickly and without scarring. Missing hair follicles, sebaceous glands, and cartilage are also regenerated during this process. It is possible that mammals have a greater capacity for regeneration than we know and that understanding the process could lead to ways to promote scarless healing in humans. More...
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