Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 19, 2011)
Word of the Day

pagination

Definition:(noun) The system of numbering pages.
Synonyms:folio, paging
Usage: The editions of Holy Writ are so numerous that he could hardly suppose that two copies would have the same pagination.
Article of the Day

Ecdysis

In order for certain insects, crustaceans, and reptiles to grow, they must periodically shed, or molt, their outer layer of skin or other covering in a process known as ecdysis. Prior to shedding, a new soft and expandable layer is laid down underneath the existing one. Then the inner layers of the old cuticle are digested by a molting fluid secreted by the epidermal cells, the animal emerges from the old covering, and the new cuticle hardens. How often do insects undergo ecdysis? More...
This Day in History

The First Father's Day (1910)

Father's Day is a day set apart in many countries for honoring fathers. In the US, UK, and Canada, it is observed on the third Sunday in June. The idea for a father's day originated when Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, heard a sermon on Mother's Day in 1909 and was inspired to create a date to honor fathers like her own, a Civil War veteran. Through her efforts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. When was the holiday made official in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Blaise Pascal (1623)

Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. A child prodigy, he earned the envy of René Descartes with an essay he wrote on conic sections when he was still a teen. Credited with founding the modern theory of probability and advancing differential calculus, he also made important contributions to physics, notably in the study of atmospheric pressure. Why did he later abandon his scientific work to focus on theology and philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

all sizzle and no steak

Disappointing or anticlimactic. Having an exciting, promising, important, or aggrandizing buildup that proves to be unwarranted. More...
Today's Holiday

Fyr Bal Fest

The Fyr Bal Fest held every year in Ephraim, Wisconsin, reflects the town's Swedish and Norwegian heritage by incorporating customs traditionally associated with Scandinavian Midsummer celebrations. The festival is presided over by a "Viking chieftain," chosen on the basis of his contributions to the community. After a coronation ceremony, he proclaims the official opening of summer and lights a bonfire in which an effigy of the Winter Witch is burned. Other traditional Scandinavian events at the festival include folk dancing and welcome mats in doorways made out of evergreen boughs. More...
In the News

Men Struggling to Balance Work and Parenthood

In recent decades, traditional families in which the fathers are the breadwinners and mothers are caregivers have largely been supplanted by dual-career couples who share parenting duties. A recent survey of US fathers with professional careers found that more than half would consider being stay-at-home dads if the family could live comfortably on a single salary, suggesting this role is becoming more widely accepted. Still, while most acknowledged that parenting duties should be split equally between both parents, this rarely occurred in practice. More...
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