Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 13, 2013)
Word of the Day

omniscient

Definition:(adjective) Having infinite knowledge or understanding.
Synonyms:all-knowing
Usage: Every episode of the popular soap opera begins with an omniscient narrator revealing the featured character's innermost thoughts.
Article of the Day

Refraction

When an object, such as a pencil, is partly immersed in water and viewed from above, it appears to bend underwater. This illusion is caused by refraction, the change in direction of a wave as it leaves one medium and enters another. Waves travel with greater velocity in some media than in others, and when a wave enters a new medium at a certain angle, the change in speed occurs sooner on one side of the wave than on the other. What other optical phenomena are caused by refraction? More...
This Day in History

Lei Áurea: Slavery Abolished in Brazil (1888)

By the 1870s, the plantation culture of northeast Brazil was already crumbling, and the growth of the movement to abolish slavery threatened it even more. The slave trade had been abolished in 1850, and a law for gradual emancipation was passed in 1871. In 1888, while Pedro II was in Europe and his daughter Isabel was governing, slavery was completely abolished—making Brazil the last Western nation to do so. The law that officially abolished slavery was called Lei Áurea, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (1922)

Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose lengthy career began on the stage. In 1966, she won a Tony award for her role in the musical Mame. She went on to achieve fame on television as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. Arthur appeared in what notoriously poorly received 1978 holiday TV special? More...
Quotation of the Day
Cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to ... On the other hand, where we saw people who loved their neighbors, and were kind to man and beast, we might know that was God's mark.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

fair-weather fan

A person who is supportive of and enthusiastic about a sports team only when that team is performing well. More...
Today's Holiday

Lemuralia (2016)

In ancient Rome, the lemures were the ghosts of the family's dead, who were considered to be troublesome and therefore had to be exorcized on a regular basis. The Lemuralia, or Lemuria, was a yearly festival held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May to get rid of the lemures. Participants walked barefoot, cleansed their hands three times, and threw black beans behind them nine times to appease the spirits of the dead. On the third day of the festival, a merchants' festival was held to ensure a prosperous year for business. More...
In the News

Hungry? Stay Away from the Supermarket

For years, diet gurus have been advising people not to shop for food when they are hungry, and new data would suggest that this is sage advice. In a recent study, hungry participants purchased more high-calorie food items during a virtual food shopping experience than those who had just eaten a snack. Additionally, the researchers observed that people buying actual groceries in the late afternoon and early evening purchased a higher ratio of high-calorie to low-calorie foods than those who shopped closer to lunchtime. More...
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