Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 12, 2011)
Word of the Day

splenic

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the spleen.
Synonyms:lienal
Usage: Julian was overjoyed as his doctor explained that his splenic tumor had gone into remission.
Article of the Day

Ocher

Among the earliest pigments used by mankind, ocher has a yellow-orange to orange color and is made of varying proportions of iron oxide and clay. The world's first known works of art, found in South Africa’s Blombos Cave and dated to 75,000 years ago, consist of ocher pieces engraved with abstract designs, and Cro-Magnon artists living about 10,000 to 40,000 years ago used ocher in their cave paintings. The 2nd-century BCE Egyptian Ebers Papyrus lists what non-artistic use for ocher? More...
This Day in History

First Transatlantic Radio Signal Received (1901)

Marconi was the Nobel Prize-winning Italian creator of the radio telegraph system. At 21, while experimenting with a homemade apparatus, he successfully sent signals across a distance of more than a mile and set off to London with his mother to find support for his work. He patented his system, organized a company to develop its commercial applications, and, in 1901, transmitted the first transatlantic wireless signal. During what disaster did his invention play a key role in saving lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Gustave Flaubert (1821)

Flaubert was a French writer considered one of the supreme masters of the realistic novel. At 22, he abandoned law studies to pursue a career as an author. In 1856, after five years of work, he published his masterpiece, Madame Bovary, about the frustrations and love affairs of a romantic young woman married to a dull provincial doctor. A sharply realistic portrayal of bourgeois boredom and adultery, the novel led to his prosecution on moral grounds. What was the verdict? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be now nigh at hand.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Old Saybrook Torchlight Parade and Muster (2015)

In early December each year, in colonial America, the village militia would muster with their fifes and drums and march to the town green, where a community meeting and carol sing would take place. Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is the only community in the United States that is known to have revived this tradition. Today's procession follows the ritual with at least 58 fife and drum corps, and marchers often augment their colonial-style costumes with seasonal decorations. The fifes and drums play not only colonial martial music but also the songs of Christmas. More...
In the News

Just How Much Sugar Is in that Kids' Cereal?

Many parents would shudder at the idea of giving their kids cookies or Twinkies for breakfast, but if they believe that allowing them to have certain sugary cereals is any better, they should think again. A study of breakfast cereals found that 44 varieties contain more sugar in a one-cup serving than three Chips Ahoy! cookies and that a few contain more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie. The worst offender, Kellogg's Honey Smacks, was found to be nearly 56 percent sugar by weight. More...
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