Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

extrude

Definition:(verb) Form or shape by forcing through an opening.
Synonyms:squeeze out
Usage: The pasta machine extruded the dough through a series of small holes, thus shaping it into spaghetti.
Article of the Day

Unfinished Works

The Canterbury Tales contains only a fraction of the stories Chaucer had planned, and Bach's The Art of Fugue cuts off so abruptly that it was long thought that he died while composing it. Sometimes, it is not the artist but the subject whose death prevents a work’s completion, as was the case with Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died just hours after a painter began his portrait. What other unfinished works leave us wondering what they would have been like had they been completed? More...
This Day in History

HMS Dreadnought Is Launched (1906)

The HMS Dreadnought of the Royal Navy was a battleship that revolutionized naval power when it entered service in 1906. Dreadnought represented such a marked advance in naval technology that its name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the "dreadnoughts," as well as the class of ships named for it, while the generation of ships it made obsolete became known as "pre-dreadnoughts." What features made the Dreadnought so advanced? More...
Today's Birthday

Boris Pasternak (1890)

Pasternak was a Russian author whose novel Doctor Zhivago, an epic of wandering, spiritual isolation and love amid the harshness of the revolution and its aftermath, became a bestseller in the West but was circulated only in secrecy in the Soviet Union until 1987. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958, but he was forced to decline it because of Soviet opposition to his work. Why was Pasternak's name said to have been crossed off an execution list by Joseph Stalin? More...
Quotation of the Day
A prisoner...is unfortunate in two ways—because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

a bit dicey

Carrying a certain degree of risk or danger; uncertain of a favorable outcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Ash Wednesday (2016)

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the West. Pope Gregory I is credited with having introduced the ceremony that gives this day its name. When public penitents came to the church for forgiveness, the priest would take some ash (made by burning the palms used on Palm Sunday of the previous year) and mark their foreheads with the sign of the cross as a reminder that they were but ashes and dust. Eventually, the practice was extended to include all who wished to receive ashes. In the East, ashes are not used, and Lent begins on the Monday before Ash Wednesday. More...
In the News

Russians Breach Antarctic Lake

Earlier this week, a Russian team announced that it had successfully completed drilling through over two miles of ice and reached the surface of Lake Vostok, an Antarctic subglacial lake that has been untouched by humans for at least 14 million years. Scientists are hopeful that samples retrieved from the lake will reveal previously unknown life forms that have been isolated for millions of years and could offer new insights into Earth's history. There are concerns that the drilling methods used could lead to contamination of the pristine lake, but those involved with the project say precautions have been taken to minimize the risk. More...
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