Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

abidance

Definition:(noun) Adherence.
Synonyms:compliance, conformity
Usage: In my parents' household, strict abidance by the rules was required, so naturally I rebelled.
Article of the Day

Synesthesia: Hearing Colors and Tasting Sounds

Synesthesia is a condition in which one type of sensory stimulus evokes sensations associated with a different sense, as when hearing a sound stimulates the visualization of a color. Approximately 1 in 2,000 people have the condition, and most of those affected are female. Synesthesia can result in a number of cross-sensory experiences, but it most commonly manifests as a grapheme-color interchange. Which Russian painter, regarded by some as the originator of abstract art, had synesthesia? More...
This Day in History

Rome Crushes Carthage at the Battle of the Aegates Islands (241 BCE)

The Roman navy's decisive victory over the Carthaginians at the Battle of the Aegates Islands brought about the end of the decades-long First Punic War. The Carthaginian fleet involved in the battle had come to deliver supplies to besieged forces in Sicily. Overloaded with provisions, the Carthaginian vessels were easily overtaken by the Romans despite winds favoring the former. What bold tactical decision allowed the Romans to overcome this obstacle and defeat the Carthaginians? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Sheppard (1847)

The most prominent member of New Zealand's suffrage movement, Sheppard helped make her country the first nation to grant women the right to vote. She was also active in the temperance movement, which sought to achieve its goals by promoting woman's suffrage. Today, Sheppard's image appears on New Zealand's 10-pound note, and she is honored in a monument at Christchurch. Immediately after women's suffrage was granted in 1893, Sheppard embarked on a frantic, 10-week effort to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

make fast work of (someone or something)

To deal with, finish, or dispose of someone or something very quickly or handily; (of an object) to consume something quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up (2018)

Billed "The World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up," this is one of several rattlesnake round-ups in Texas; some 30,000 spectators come to watch the goings-on. It is sponsored by the Sweetwater Jaycees, who stress the focus on safety and the benefits of the round-up. The weekend events include snake-handling demonstrations and the awarding of prizes for the biggest snake. There are also a parade, rattlesnake dances with country bands, and a rattlesnake meat-eating contest. A cook shack fries and serves more than 4,000 pounds of rattlesnake meat each year. More...
In the News

Ocean Deep Is Surprisingly Noisy

Seven miles below the surface of the sea, the Challenger Deep is the deepest spot in the Mariana Trench and thus on Earth. The only light is that produced by animals that use photoluminescence; no sunlight can penetrate even close to these waters. Such ... More...
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