Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

phantasmagoric

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions.
Synonyms:surrealistic
Usage: The phantasmagoric imagery, with melting clocks and unreal landscapes, is what attracts many to Salvador Dali's work.
Article of the Day

The History of Wallpaper

Wallpaper was used in Europe in the 16th and 17th century as an inexpensive substitute for costly hangings. Outlines were block-printed, and the color was filled in with brush or stencil. The flock technique of printing designs with an adhesive and sprinkling with fine bits of wool or silk was probably first adapted to wallpaper around 1620 in France, but, by the 18th century, England had become principal wallpaper manufacturer. When did the wallpaper craze reach the American colonies? More...
This Day in History

The Tenerife Disaster (1977)

The Tenerife Disaster was a passenger plane accident that resulted in the highest number of fatalities of any single accident in aviation history, excluding ground fatalities. It occurred when two Boeing 747s, a KLM flight in the midst of takeoff and a PanAm flight taxing in the opposite direction, collided at Los Rodeos Airport on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people. What bombing led both planes to be diverted to the Tenerife airport in the first place? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Vaughan (1924)

"The Divine One," Sarah Vaughan was an American jazz contralto with a vast range who worked as a soloist for much of her career. As a child, Vaughan studied piano and organ and began singing in her church choir. As a teenager, she won the famous amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater and was featured with bandleader Earl Hines. One of jazz's finest vocalists, she learned much from the horn stylings of what bebop musicians with whom she recorded in 1945? More...
Quotation of the Day
The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy (2016)

The birthday of the Goddess of Mercy is a celebration of Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") of infinite compassion and mercy. Depicted as both masculine and feminine, and one of the most beloved of Buddhist deities, he or she is accepted not only by Buddhists but also by the Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans. Women especially celebrate Kuan Yin. In Malaysia, hundreds of devotees bearing joss sticks, fruit, flowers, and sweet cakes gather at temples dedicated to Kuan Yin to pray for her benevolence. At the old temple at Jalan Pitt, Penang, puppet shows are staged in celebration of her. More...
In the News

Beans Bred to Beat Baking Climate

Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on ... More...
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