Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 26, 2011)
Word of the Day

dissension

Definition:(noun) Disagreement among those expected to cooperate.
Synonyms:discord
Usage: The sparks of dissension soon kindled into a blaze; and the colonies, or rather, as they quickly declared themselves, the States, became a scene of strife and bloodshed for years.
Article of the Day

Bat Bombs

During WWII, a dentist named Lytle Adams proposed a new method of aerial attack to the US military: the bat bomb. The plan called for containers filled with hundreds of bats fitted with small incendiary devices to be dropped over Japanese cities at dawn, a time when the nocturnal creatures would be inclined to find somewhere to roost. Shortly thereafter, the timed devices would detonate, creating widespread fires and chaos. How was his proposal received by government and military officials? More...
This Day in History

Tanganyika and Zanzibar Merge to Form Tanzania (1964)

Located in central East Africa, Tanzania has been inhabited by humans or their ancestors perhaps longer than any other place on Earth, with hominid fossils discovered there dating back over two million years. The country of Tanzania is a more recent development, forming in 1964 with the merger of two newly independent republics—Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The former leaders of Tanganyika and Zanzibar then became Tanzania's first president and vice president. What is Tanzania's official language? More...
Today's Birthday

John James Audubon (1785)

Audubon was a US ornithologist and artist known for his drawings and paintings of North American birds. After failing in business, he concentrated on compiling his extraordinary four-volume Birds of America, published between 1827 and 1838. Though his bird poses are sometimes unrealistic—the result of painting dead birds wired into position—and some details are inaccurate, his studies were fundamental to New World ornithology. How many bird species are featured in Birds of America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing exists; all is a dream. God—man—the world—the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars—a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space—and you!...And you are not you—you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

do the right thing

To act or behave correctly, appropriately, or with the best intentions. More...
Today's Holiday

Tanzania Union Day (2016)

On April 26, 1964, the East African countries of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Union Day celebrates this merger. In the city of Dar es Salaam, speeches and a parade mark Union Day. Dignitaries from nearby countries join Tanzanian government officials in these festivities. In 2004, to mark Union Day, Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa pardoned nearly 4,500 prisoners who had been sentenced for minor crimes or who had less than three years to serve of a longer sentence. More...
In the News

Krill Shortage Taking Toll on Penguin Populations

Since 1986, chinstrap and Adelie penguin populations have declined by as much as 50%. Researchers attribute the decline to a shortage of krill, the penguins’ primary food source, which they believe is the result of a number of factors, including warming waters, less sea-ice cover, and increased whale and seal populations. With 80% less krill in the area than there was 20 years ago, far fewer young penguins are surviving to adulthood. Before krill became so abundant, fish made up a large part of penguins’ diets, but with commercial fishing now affecting fish populations, researchers worry that penguins may not be able to return to fish as a major food source. More...
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