Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

ferrule

Definition:(noun) A metal ring or cap placed around a pole or shaft for reinforcement or to prevent splitting.
Synonyms:collet
Usage: The walking stick was quite old, and the large brass ferrule at its tip was worn down and dented.
Article of the Day

Acid Rain

Acid precipitation, also known as acid rain, is any form of precipitation—snow, rain, sleet, or hail—that contains a heavy concentration of sulfuric and nitric acids. Automobiles, certain industrial operations, and electric power plants that burn fossil fuels emit pollutants that combine with atmospheric moisture to create these acids. Acid rain can contaminate drinking water, damage vegetation and aquatic life, and erode buildings and monuments. Where was acid rain first found? More...
This Day in History

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease's stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More...
Today's Birthday

Sonja Henie (1912)

Henie began ice skating at the age of eight and won the first of six straight Norwegian figure-skating championships within two years. Starting in 1927, she won the world's figure-skating crown 10 straight years, the European title six times, and the Olympic gold medal three times. She introduced music and dance into free skating, greatly broadening its appeal, and turned professional in 1936, earning millions starring in films and ice shows. Why did many Norwegians consider her a quisling? More...
Quotation of the Day
The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2017)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Photographing a Black Hole: Historic Campaign Is Underway

The campaign to capture the first-ever image of a black hole has begun. From Wednesday Apr. 5 through Friday Apr. 14, astronomers will use a system of radio telescopes around the world to peer at the gigantic black hole at the center of the Milky Way, ... More...
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