Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

efface

Definition:(verb) Remove completely from recognition or memory.
Synonyms:obliterate
Usage: Allow me to propose a remedy, to efface the shame, and to render it as if not done.
Article of the Day

Lake Guatavita

Lake Guatavita is a small crater lake in the mountains of Colombia that has been the site of a centuries-old treasure hunt. It is likely the source of the legend of El Dorado, which allegedly began prior to the 16th century, when a local Chibcha chief would ritually coat himself in gold dust, bathe in the lake, and cast offerings of gold and jewels into the water. Since the arrival of the Spanish, numerous attempts have been made to recover the supposed treasure. What strategies have been tried? More...
This Day in History

Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech (1946)

The phrase "Iron Curtain" refers to the political, military, and ideological barrier erected by the USSR after WWII to seal itself and its dependent eastern European allies off from contact with the West. Churchill's use of the phrase in a 1946 speech at a US college, though initially perceived as antagonistic, popularized the term. The Iron Curtain largely ceased to exist in 1990, when the communists of eastern Europe finally abandoned one-party rule. What are some earlier uses of the phrase? More...
Today's Birthday

Gerardus Mercator (1512)

Mercator was a Flemish geographer, mathematician, and cartographer who perfected the first map using the Mercator projection, the translation of the spherical earth to a two-dimensional flat plane. In it, parallels and meridians are rendered as straight lines spaced to produce an accurate ratio of latitude to longitude at any point. It permits mariners to steer a course over long distances without continually adjusting compass readings. What map-related term was coined by Mercator? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

barnburner

Any thing, event, or occasion that is especially exciting, impressive, and/or successful. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Custom Chiefs Day (2016)

In the island nation of Vanuatu, many islands have rejected European influence and instead prefer to live according to their traditional customs. While these customs vary widely throughout the islands, village life, subsistence farming, a belief in magic, and rule by chiefs are common. In 1977, a National Council of Chiefs was set up by the government to ensure the preservation of traditional ways of life. These tribal chiefs are honored on March 5 of each year; celebratory activities on this day include sporting events, carnivals, agricultural fairs, and arts festivals. More...
In the News

Stem Cell Find Raises Fertility Hope

Fertility experts have long believed that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have; however, new findings suggest otherwise. From the ovaries of adult women, researchers have isolated stem cells that are able to spontaneously produce new eggs. They have yet to show that these eggs are capable of producing offspring when fertilized, but if this is proved to be the case, these stem cells could revolutionize the treatment of infertility. More...
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