Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

indigence

Definition:(noun) Poverty; neediness.
Synonyms:beggary, pauperism, penury, need
Usage: The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.
Article of the Day

The Vampire Fish of the Amazon

The candirú is a parasitic freshwater catfish typically found in the Amazon River. The translucent, eel-shaped "toothpick fish" is reputed to be the most feared fish in the river and earned this distinction because of its proclivity for attacking and entering the human body via any available orifice, especially the urethra. The creature has protruding spines which make it nearly impossible to remove from the body without surgical intervention. How does the fish locate its human host? More...
This Day in History

Pac-Man Arcade Game Released (1980)

First released in Japan in 1980, Pac-Man went on to become one of the most famous arcade games of all time. Developed by Namco video game designer Toru Iwatani, the game became an icon of 80s pop culture and is often credited with being a landmark in video game history. For the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man in 2010, Google turned its homepage logo into a fully playable version of the game. How much productivity did businesses reportedly lose from employees playing the game? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Wagner (1813)

Wagner was a German composer whose astonishing works made him one of the most influential figures in the history of Western music. He revolutionized the 19th-century idea of opera, seeing it as a wholly new art form in which musical, poetic, and scenic elements should come together through such devices as the leitmotif—a recurring melodic phrase used to illustrate a character or idea. His operas include Tristan and Isolde, as well as his masterpiece, a four-opera cycle known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen National Day

In November 1967, British soldiers evacuated Yemen, and the National Liberation Front declared the formation of the independent state of the People's Republic of South Yemen. Yemen National Day observes the official proclamation of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) on May 22, 1990. An agreement to a common constitution, government, and economy between both had been signed the day before. More...
In the News

How Your Nose Got Its Shape

Ski-jump, hooked, piggy or snubbed — there are almost as many nose shapes as there are people in the world. Now, new research has uncovered four genes that govern some of the variation in the human olfactory organ. The new findings could help scientists  ... More...
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