Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

cutaneous

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or existing on or affecting the skin.
Synonyms:dermal
Usage: The dermatologist prescribed an antibiotic ointment to treat my cutaneous infection.
Article of the Day

Larping

"Larping" is the act of participating in a live-action-role-playing game (LARP). Fiction and reality are blurred as "larpers" meet and play their games in person—though not as themselves, as fictional characters—in an artificially created or even imagined setting—somewhat like improvisational theater. Settings vary from historical to modern to fantasy. Event arrangers called gamemasters oversee the games, which can last days and include thousands of players. When was the first recorded LARP? 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
The music of life would be mute if the chords of memory were snapped asunder.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Facebook Mulling a "Sympathize" Button

Facebook's "Like" button has a lot of uses, but it also has its limitations. For example, when a person posts about the passing of a loved one or an illness, friends may want to show their support but are reluctant to do so with a "Like." Software engineers for the social media giant have therefore come up with a possible alternative: a "Sympathize" button. This button would replace the "Like" button on status updates tagged with a negative emotion. Facebook does not yet have plans to release the feature, but it could do so in the future. More...
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