Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

milliner

Definition:(noun) Someone who makes and sells hats.
Synonyms:hatter, modiste
Usage: The milliner is making me a special pillbox hat with a detachable veil to wear on my wedding day.
Article of the Day

Blushing

Described by Charles Darwin as "the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions," blushing is the sudden, brief reddening of the face, especially due to emotions such as embarrassment or shame. The areas of the face that turn red contain a higher concentration of blood vessels near the skin’s surface than other parts of the body. When these vessels dilate, the skin appears to redden. Some people blush more than others, and some have a pathological blushing condition known as what? More...
This Day in History

Ticker-Tape Parade Invented in New York City (1886)

Before the advent of the Internet, stock quotes were printed by telegraph machines on continuous paper ribbon known as ticker tape. In 1886, New Yorkers became the first to use the tape as confetti during an impromptu celebration of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, inventing what would come to be known as a "ticker-tape parade." Since then, ticker-tape parades have been used to greet dignitaries, honor war heroes, and fete sports teams. What materials are now used instead of ticker tape? More...
Today's Birthday

James Boswell (1740)

Boswell was a Scottish lawyer and author who is best known for his biography of English literary scholar and critic Samuel Johnson, a noted wit. Boswell's record of Johnson's pithy remarks earned The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. recognition as one of the greatest biographies of Western literature. So skillful was his work that Johnson is perhaps better remembered for his sayings in the biography than for his own writings. What Boswell manuscripts were discovered in the 20th century? More...
Quotation of the Day
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Coronation Day and Sihanouk's Birthday (2015)

The celebration of former King Norodom Sihanouk's birthday on October 31 has been combined with the October 29 anniversary of the coronation of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. Sihanouk abdicated in favor of his son in 2004. The three-day celebration is centered in Phnom Penh, around the Royal Palace. People from all over the country come to the capital city to watch parades, partake in cultural events, and see the elaborate fireworks display along the riverbank near the palace. More...
In the News

Save the Rhinos, Mail Your Toenails

Rhinoceros horn is so highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine that it sells for more than gold, and this has led to an uptick in poaching, particularly in South Africa. To raise awareness and combat the problem of rhino poaching, one South African film production designer is taking a unique approach: he is sending toenail clippings to the Chinese embassy in Pretoria and encouraging others to follow suit. He chose this medium for his campaign because nails are composed of the same material as the prized rhino horn, keratin. More...
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