Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

tergiversate

Definition:(verb) To use evasions or ambiguities; to change sides.
Synonyms:equivocate, prevaricate, palter
Usage: She refused to tergiversate on the subject, stating her opinion concisely and openly.
Article of the Day

Incunabula

Incunabula are "books of the cradle days" of printing, or books printed in the 15th century. The known incunabula represent about 40,000 editions. The books include products of more than 1,000 presses, including such famous printers as Gutenberg, Caxton, and Aldus Manutius, and give evidence as to the development of typography in its formative period. These books were generally large quarto size, bound in calf over boards of wood, and decorated with borders. What are some famous incunabula? 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
Faith, n.: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Spacecraft Will Be First to Visit Dwarf Planet

NASA's unmanned Dawn spacecraft will soon be visiting a planet that you've probably never heard of: Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. When it arrives March 6, Dawn will become the first spacecraft to visit one of the five dwarf planets, whose ranks include the former planet Pluto. Ceres was likely becoming a full-sized planet before Jupiter stunted its growth 4.6 billion years ago. It is now the largest object between Mars and Jupiter, and the largest object between the Sun and Pluto that has not yet received a visit from Earth. More...
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