Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

bourdon

Definition:(noun) A pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone.
Synonyms:drone pipe
Usage: The continuous note emanating from the bourdon was hypnotic and carried the listener off into another world.
Article of the Day

Camels, the Even-Toed Ungulates

Camels, ruminant mammals of the family Camelidae, are well adapted to desert life, as they can live for several days without drinking and their broad, flat, two-toed feet do not sink in the sand. There are two species of true camel, the single-humped Arabian camel, a domesticated animal used in Arabia and N Africa, and the two-humped Bactrian camel of central Asia. The humps, fat stores that provide energy and water when metabolized, also aid in desert survival. How fast can a camel run? More...
This Day in History

Steamboat Willie Released (1928)

In 1928, Walt Disney created cartoon icon Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year, Mickey also appeared in Steamboat Willie, written and directed by Disney and animator Ub Iwerks. An immediate hit, the film was Disney's first attempt at using sound and the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. Music is prominently featured, and Mickey first appears in the film whistling the song Steamboat Bill. Who provided the voice for Mickey? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Daguerre (1787)

Originally a scene painter for the opera, Daguerre was a French inventor who devised one of the first practical photographic processes—the daguerreotype. He, in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, found that a permanent image could be formed on a silver iodide-coated copper plate if it was exposed to light, then fumed with mercury vapor and fixed by a solution of common salt. His daguerreotype process was announced in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences. Who acquired the patent for the invention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Latvia Independence Day (2015)

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More...
In the News

Transplant Gives New Face, Scalp to Burned Firefighter

A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday. The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center ... More...
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