Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 05, 2017)
Word of the Day

prosody

Definition:(noun) The study of the metrical structure of verse.
Synonyms:metrics
Usage: He was a master of meter, and contributed certain modifications to the laws of Chinese prosody which exist to the present day.
Article of the Day

The 1883 Eruption

The massive 1883 eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia ejected more than 6 cu mi (25 cu km) of rock and ash, destroyed the island, and left more than 36,000 people dead. The eruption's explosive power was about 13,000 times greater than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the sound of the explosion, believed to be the loudest sound in recorded history, was heard some 3,000 mi (4,828 km) away. What was the only living thing researchers found on the island in 1884? More...
This Day in History

George Westinghouse Patents the Automatic Air Brake (1872)

Prior to the advent of trucking in the early 1900s, rail was the only efficient way to transport goods over land. However, before the 1870s, there was no easy way to quickly stop the extremely heavy freight trains. Brakemen scrambled over the tops of moving cars to activate hand brakes on each one. The system was unreliable, resulting in frequent derailments, and many brakemen were killed or maimed after falling from trains. The air brake solved all of those problems. How did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Pyle (1853)

Pyle was an American illustrator and writer who specialized in tales of chivalry and adventure for children. He rewrote and realistically illustrated classic tales about figures like Robin Hood and King Arthur, adapting the stories to suit a younger audience. In 1900, he founded an art school, and many of his students went on to become famous illustrators themselves. Today, he is considered the father of American illustration. Which noted Post-Impressionist painter was an admirer of Pyle's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

leave (someone) holding the baby

To foist responsibility or guilt for something on someone else; to allow someone else to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Iditarod (2017)

The Iditarod is the world's longest and toughest sled dog race, across the state of Alaska from Anchorage on the south-central coast to Nome on the Bering Sea just south of the Arctic Circle. The race, which began in 1973, follows an old frozen-river mail route and is named for a deserted mining town along the way. A number of events are clustered around the running of the race. At Wasilla, near Anchorage, Iditarod Days are held on the beginning weekend of the race and feature softball, golf on ice, fireworks, and snow sculptures. More...
In the News

'Best Ever' View of What a Dinosaur Really Looked Like

A dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago had drumstick-shaped legs much like living birds, according to palaeontologists. The feathered dinosaur also had bird-like arms similar to wings. Scientists used high-powered lasers to reveal invisible ... More...
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