Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 04, 2015)
Word of the Day

pendent

Definition:(adjective) Hanging down; projecting.
Synonyms:dangling, overhanging, suspended
Usage: An examination of the cave revealed nothing but hundreds of sleeping bats pendent from the ceiling.
Article of the Day

Cicadas

A cicada is an insect with a stout body, a wide, blunt head, protruding eyes, and two pairs of membranous wings. Male cicadas have platelike membranes on the thorax, which they vibrate like drum heads, producing a loud, shrill sound. The Magicicada species have the longest known life cycles of any insect--17 years. They live only one week as winged adults, however, spending the rest of the time in the form of larvae, burrowed underground. To what are their long life cycles an adaptation? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very few of us are what we seem.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Qing Ming Festival

The Qing Ming Festival is a day for Chinese people throughout the world to honor their dead. It is a Confucian festival that dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 221 CE), and it is now a Chinese national holiday. The day is observed in the countryside with visits to ancestral graves to sweep, wash, repair, and paint them. Offerings of food, wine, incense, and flowers are made, firecrackers are set off, and paper money is burned at the graveside, so that the ancestors will have funds to spend in the afterworld. More...
In the News

Your Baby is Doing Little Physics Experiments All the Time

When an infant sees an object behave in a surprising way, she does everything she can to learn more about its mysteries, and the initial surprise ends up helping her learn. A new study suggests that a baby can identify an unusual object as being more ... More...
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