Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 02, 2012)
Word of the Day

burgeon

Definition:(verb) To grow or develop rapidly.
Synonyms:increase, flower, progress, mature, thrive, flourish, bloom, bud, blossom, prosper
Usage: Our meager food supply simply cannot sustain the burgeoning population.
Article of the Day

Quillwork

Before the introduction of glass beads to North America, porcupine quills were widely used as decorative elements in Native American textiles. The art of quillwork is still practiced today, though not nearly as widely as it once was. Techniques like embroidery and weaving are used to work colorfully dyed quills into intricate geometric designs on clothes, moccasins, cradleboards, and other items. During the 19th century, what quillwork item was popularly produced for sale to European-Americans? More...
This Day in History

John Brown Hanged for Raid on Harpers Ferry (1859)

Brown was a radical US abolitionist who advocated armed action to end slavery. He and his supporters murdered five proslavery settlers in Kansas in 1856, and three years later he tried to start an armed liberation movement among slaves by seizing the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, intending to arm local slaves with its weapons. His small force was soon overpowered, and Brown was captured, tried for treason, convicted, and hanged. What went wrong during the raid? More...
Today's Birthday

Otto Dix (1891)

A German painter and printmaker, Dix fought in World War I and returned haunted by what he had witnessed. After experimenting with Impressionism and Dada, he arrived at Expressionism and began producing works depicting nightmarish scenes of the horrors of war and the depravities of a decadent society. His antimilitary works aroused the wrath of the Nazi regime and he was dismissed from his academic posts in 1933. On what charges was he arrested in 1939? More...
Quotation of the Day
How reckless is Nature in the distribution of her gifts!

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Idiom of the Day

guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Gospel Day (2016)

Gospel Day in the Marshall Islands is similar to Thanksgiving day in the US. The Marshallese people attend church on this day to commemorate the first missionaries who brought the light of God to the Marshall Islands. The largest church in the Marshall Islands is the United Church of Christ; however, many other Protestant denominations have churches in the Marshall Islands, including Assembly of God, Baptist, and Seventh Day Adventists. In addition, the Catholic Church has established a strong presence in the islands. More...
In the News

Desert Beetle Inspires Self-Filling Water Bottle Design

Man has long looked to nature for ways to solve various problems and inspire technological advances. One famous example of biomimicry is Zimbabwe's Eastgate Center, a shopping center constructed using temperature-control principles discovered in termite mounds in the desert. Now, a US start-up is working to develop a self-filling water bottle that draws water from the air in much the same way as the Namib Desert beetle. Its developers believe that the product will be able to collect between one-half and three liters of water per hour, depending on environmental conditions, and could help some of the billions of people living in water-scarce regions. More...
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