Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 16, 2012)
Word of the Day

balderdash

Definition:(noun) Trivial nonsense.
Synonyms:fiddle-faddle, piffle
Usage: Our earnings reports prove that the rumors of our company's imminent collapse are balderdash.
Article of the Day

Kohl

Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliner for cosmetic as well as medical reasons, believing that it protected the eyes from the Sun. It remains popular in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East today. Though homemade preparations are made from soot, commercial kohl products often contain galena—also known as lead sulfide—and have the potential to expose users to lead. Many Indian parents line their babies' eyes with kohl or apply a dot of it behind their babies' ears to protect them from what? More...
This Day in History

The New York Air Disaster (1960)

On a snowy day in 1960, two airliners destined for different airports collided over Staten Island, New York. Trans World Airlines Flight 266 crashed into Staten Island and United Airlines Flight 826 crashed into a Brooklyn neighborhood. The crash killed all 128 passengers aboard both planes, as well as six people on the ground in Brooklyn. An 11-year-old United passenger named Stephen Baltz initially survived the crash, but he later died from his injuries. How did he survive the landing? More...
Today's Birthday

Wassily Kandinsky (1866)

Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter and art theorist, was one of the 20th century's most important artists, credited with painting the first abstract works in the history of modern art. He was a founder of the German expressionist group The Blue Rider, and he wrote Concerning the Spiritual in Art to champion ideas about color and nonrepresentational painting that he had developed after coming in contact with Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism. At what age did Kandinsky enroll in art school? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in the skies.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Today's Holiday

Day of Reconciliation (2015)

The South African legal holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation was established on December 16, 1838, in commemoration of the victory of the Voortrekkers over Dingane and the Zulus. The original name for this holiday was Dingaan's Day, then it was called Day of the Vow during apartheid. After South Africa renounced apartheid and held its first democratic election in 1994, the day remained a legal holiday but acquired a new name to reflect its new focus: promoting national unity and healing. More...
In the News

Costa Rica Bans Sport Hunting

Costa Rica is internationally renowned for its biodiversity and is a popular ecotourism destination. Yet its exotic wildlife also attracts hunting enthusiasts, who pay as much as $5,000 per person to go on clandestine hunting tours. Efforts to put a stop to this and other instances of hunting in Costa Rica have now led to the first countrywide ban on sport hunting in Latin America. The measure was recently passed in a unanimous congressional vote and establishes fines of up to $3,000 and penalties of up to four months in prison for anyone caught violating the ban. More...
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