Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 24, 2011)
Word of the Day

hebdomadal

Definition:(adjective) Of or occurring every seven days.
Synonyms:weekly
Usage: A little solace came at tea-time, in the shape of a double ration of bread...with the delicious addition of a thin scrape of butter: it was the hebdomadal treat to which we all looked forward from Sabbath to Sabbath.
Article of the Day

The Anchor

An anchor is a device cast overboard to secure a ship, boat, or other floating object by means of weight, friction, or hooks called flukes. In ancient times, anchors were often merely large stones, bags or baskets of stones, bags of sand, or, as with the Egyptians, lead-weighted logs. The Greeks are credited with the first use of iron anchors, while the Romans had metal devices with arms similar to modern anchors. What anchoring technique is used in "ultimate storm" conditions? More...
This Day in History

Robert Koch Announces Discovery of Tuberculosis Bacterium (1882)

Tuberculosis, a contagious, wasting disease that commonly attacks the lungs but may affect other organs and systems as well, is caused by several strains of mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium tuberculosis in humans. First identified in 1882 by German bacteriologist Robert Koch, M. tuberculosis is unusual because of its lipid-rich cell wall and because it divides every 15 to 20 hours, when other bacteria divide in minutes. How long does it take E. coli to divide? More...
Today's Birthday

Ub Iwerks (1901)

After starting an unsuccessful art studio with Walt Disney, Iwerks continued working on film animation until Disney brought him to Hollywood in 1923 to help draw Alice in Cartoonland. Together, Disney and Iwerks created Mickey Mouse—drawn by Iwerks, with Disney providing the voice. Iwerks went on to develop many special effects for animated movies, winning Academy Awards in 1959 and 1965 for his technical contributions to motion pictures. What other cartoon characters did Iwerks create? More...
Quotation of the Day
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

candle in the wind

Something that is particularly vulnerable, weak, fragile, or precarious and likely to fail, perish, or be eliminated at any moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2016)

In Argentina, this is a public holiday that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and, in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24. More...
In the News

Screen Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday at the age of 79. Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful women, Taylor was one of the most glamorous stars of the 1950s and 1960s. Her turbulent personal life, which included eight marriages to seven different men and a battle with alcohol addiction, often made headlines. In the 1980s, she became an outspoken AIDS activist and helped raise tens of millions of dollars to fight the disease. She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. More...
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