Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

chattel

Definition:(noun) An article of movable personal property.
Synonyms:personalty
Usage: Slaves were treated as chattel by plantation owners, who bought, sold, and even bet them in poker games.
Article of the Day

Steve Martin

An Emmy-winning television comedy writer in the late 1960s, Martin began performing stand-up in the early 70s, achieving acclaim as a regular on Saturday Night Live in the late 70s. He recorded several comedy albums, two of them Grammy winners, and starred in TV specials and numerous comedy films. Martin has also found success as a writer of plays and novellas. Which of his novellas was made into a 2005 feature film? 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
We cannot command nature except by obeying her.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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

Brain Tumor? No, "Evil Twin" Sibling Was Growing in Woman's Brain

At the age of 26, Yamini Karanam, a PhD student at Indiana University's School of Informatics, suddenly started having trouble in school. The once brilliant student was finding it difficult to understand ... More...
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