Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

verbiage

Definition:(noun) The excessive and often meaningless use of words; verbosity.
Synonyms:repetition, tautology, redundancy, circumlocution, prolixity, periphrasis, pleonasm
Usage: He is generally a smooth and fluent versifier, but his fluency is his undoing; he wraps up his material in too great a mass of verbiage.
Article of the Day

The Crocodile Bird

The Egyptian plover is commonly called the "crocodile bird" because of a legend attributed to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. Supposedly, these birds would pick scraps from the teeth of crocodiles, and, in exchange for the dental service, grateful crocodiles would refrain from eating the plovers. Despite anecdotal evidence, the legend is unconfirmed. Instead of being incubated, plover eggs are buried beneath a small layer of warm sand. By what unusual method do plover chicks drink water? More...
This Day in History

Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)

Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film and was used to capture some of the most iconic images of the late 20th century. The film was known for its stability—if stored properly, it could be developed decades after being exposed and would retain its color and density for decades. Yet, advances in digital photography and the development of competing films considerably reduced demand. What famous images were recorded on Kodachrome? More...
Today's Birthday

John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903)

Raised in Indiana by a widowed father, Dillinger served a prison term for attempted robbery, then organized a gang and terrorized the Midwest in 1933. He became one of the most notorious criminals in the US. The infamous bank robber escaped jail twice, was involved in 16 killings, and was declared "public enemy number one" before being killed on a Chicago street by FBI agents at the age of 31. He was so well-known that at the scene of his death, bystanders collected what macabre souvenirs? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

at a (single) stroke

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. More...
Today's Holiday

Lajkonik (2017)

The most popular folk festival in Kraków, Poland, Lajkonik is believed to commemorate the horseman who carried the news of the Tartar defeat during the 13th-century Tartar invasions. A bearded horseman in oriental costume riding a richly draped wooden hobby-horse—the Lajkonik—collects money from the crowds lining the streets, tapping each donor with his rod to bring them good luck. Eventually he ends up in the market square, where he dances for the assembled dignitaries and receives from them a sack of money and a glass of wine, which he consumes after toasting the well-being of the city. More...
In the News

Environmentalists Targeted for Murder at Alarming Rate

The world's supply of land, forests, and other natural resources is dwindling, and those battling for control of what remains are increasingly turning to deadly violence. The human rights group Global Witness reports that at least one person is killed every week in an environmental dispute. At least 106 were killed in targeted attacks in 2011, a nearly twofold increase from 2009. Over the course of a decade, over 700 people lost their lives "defending their human rights or the rights of others related to the environment, specifically land and forests." In many cases, the killers are soldiers, police, or private security guards carrying out the orders of governments or businesses. More...
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