Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 28, 2012)
Word of the Day

appellation

Definition:(noun) Identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others.
Synonyms:designation, denomination
Usage: When the adventurers … met, in the center of the forests, immense plains, covered with rich verdure or rank grasses, they naturally gave them the appellation of meadows.
Article of the Day

Bicycle Cars

Though bicycles have many advantages over automobiles—they are less expensive, more energy-efficient, and easier to maintain—they offer little protection from the elements. For some people, this disadvantage makes bicycles impractical for daily use. Enter the bicycle car, also known as the velomobile. Similar to a recumbent bicycle, the velomobile boasts an aerodynamic shell that offers the potential for added speed and protection from bad weather. Why do some velomobiles have parachutes? More...
This Day in History

Endangered Species Act Established in US (1973)

Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction and preserve the ecosystems they inhabit, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 prohibits harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting an "endangered" or "threatened" species and establishes penalties for doing so. A citizen suit clause allows citizens to sue others, even the government, to enforce the law. What species' populations have increased since the act's adoption? More...
Today's Birthday

Stan Lee (1922)

A giant in the world of comic books, Lee is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics and the creator of numerous comic book superheroes. With several artist collaborators, Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, among many others, and is credited with introducing complex, naturalistic characters into superhero comic books. Lee has made cameo appearances in what films featuring characters that he helped create? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Today's Holiday

Holy Innocents' Day (2015)

Also known as Innocents' Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. Not surprisingly, this day has long been regarded as unlucky. In ancient times, the "Massacre of the Innocents" was reenacted by whipping the younger members of a family. But, over the years, the tables turned, and in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools' Day. More...
In the News

Global Health Crisis of Obesity Outpaces that of Hunger

The obesity epidemic has grown so significantly that the health burden of excess body weight now exceeds that caused by hunger. Obesity is blamed for three times as many deaths in 2010 as malnutrition, and it is also now the world's leading cause of disability. With people living longer these days thanks to advances in medicine and technology, the financial burden of obesity-related medical conditions will continue to tax healthcare systems around the globe. More...
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