Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 25, 2014)
Word of the Day

fugacious

Definition:(adjective) Passing away quickly; evanescent.
Synonyms:ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transitory, transient
Usage: Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side.
Article of the Day

Graffiti

Graffiti is a form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Derived from the Italian word graffio ("scratch"), "graffiti" technically applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has evolved over the centuries. Graffiti has been found in ancient Roman ruins and in medieval English churches. Today, its common targets are subways, billboards, and walls. Who is Banksy? More...
This Day in History

Anti-Comintern Pact Signed by Germany and Japan (1936)

The German-Japanese Anti-Comintern Pact was one of a series of agreements leading to the formation of the Axis Powers. Ostensibly directed against the Comintern, an association of national communist parties that degenerated under Stalin into an instrument of Soviet politics, the pact contained a secret agreement stating that if either signatory power went to war with the USSR, the other would maintain a benevolent neutrality. What other countries eventually signed the treaty? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Benz (1844)

Benz was a German engineer credited with building the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine. His Motorwagen, the first commercial automobile, was first driven in 1885 and patented the next year. It had three wheels, an electric ignition, differential gears, and was water-cooled. Benz's familiarity with and fondness for bicycles inspired the design of his "horseless carriage." According to legend, who took one of Benz's early models on the first long-distance road trip? More...
Quotation of the Day
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Today's Holiday

St. Catherine's Day (Estonia) (2015)

Estonian folklorists believe that the customs associated with Kadripäev, or St. Catherine's Day, may date back to pre-Christian times. The holiday is strongly associated with women and their traditional activities, such as herding. People dress up in light-colored clothing, symbolizing winter's snow, and visit their neighbors, singing songs and offering blessings for the family's animals. In return, householders offer them cloth, wool, or food. An old superstition connected with the day forbade such activities as shearing as a means of protecting the sheep. More...
In the News

Black Seadevil Caught on Video for the First Time

A female Black Seadevil has been captured on video in what researchers say are the first images of their kind. The grotesque creature, a type of anglerfish, was recorded off the coast of California at a depth of approximately 1,900 feet (579 m) by a remotely operated vehicle controlled by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The elusive fish—known for using a "lure" suspended over its mouth to attract prey—was spotted during a midwater transect, an exercise intended to catalog all species encountered at a particular depth. More...
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