Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

dilly-dally

Definition:(verb) To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
Synonyms:drag one's feet, procrastinate, stall, shillyshally
Usage: If you continue to dilly-dally, we will be late for choir practice.
Article of the Day

Population Bottlenecks

Cheetahs are basically all the same. Any two randomly selected cheetahs will be so similar genetically that a skin graft from one will likely provoke no immune response in the other. In the distant past, cheetahs underwent a population bottleneck—an evolutionary event in which a species nearly dies out and is repopulated by a few individuals whose genes are then disproportionately reflected in the ensuing generations. All humans can trace their ancestry back to a single woman. When did she live? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Los Angeles (1942)

The "Battle of Los Angeles" is the name given by contemporary sources to the imaginary enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage that took place over Los Angeles, California, just months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Reports of an imminent strike on the city led to the sounding of air raid sirens, the imposition of a blackout, and the firing of 1,400 shells at supposed Japanese aircraft, killing several US civilians. What may have actually prompted the bombardment? More...
Today's Birthday

Winslow Homer (1836)

A preeminent figure in American art, Homer was a largely self-taught landscape painter and printmaker. He trained as a lithographer, then became a freelance illustrator. As a correspondent for Harper's Weekly, he won international acclaim for his depictions of the Civil War battlefront. In 1876, he abandoned illustration to devote himself to painting, later settling in coastal Maine, where the local people and seascapes became the focus of his art. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

ace (something)

To do exceptionally well in something, especially an exam or other high-pressure situation. More...
Today's Holiday

Estonia Independence Day (2016)

On this day in 1918, Estonia issued a declaration of independence from the new Soviet Russia, which was followed by war with the Soviets to maintain Estonian liberty. Following a strong independence movement during the late 1980s, Estonia officially declared its independence from the former USSR on August 20, 1991, a day which is also commemorated with a public holiday. On September 6, independence was formally recognized by the former Soviet Union. Estonians celebrate their Independence Day with a parade, church services, speeches, and concerts in the capital city, Tallinn. More...
In the News

US Consumers Cut Back on Canned Beverages

The US aluminum can market is hurting, and it is all because of health-conscious consumers. Soda consumption in the US dropped to a 16-year low last year, thanks in part to anti-obesity campaigns and legislation. Instead, US consumers are opting for "healthier" beverages, like water or iced teas, which typically come in glass or plastic bottles. As a result, aluminum can sales in the US are expected to decline for the third year in a row. However, breweries are increasingly using aluminum containers for their products, and this could offset some of the losses the aluminum industry has suffered. More...
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