Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

crepitate

Definition:(verb) Make a crackling sound.
Synonyms:crackle
Usage: My physical therapist jokes that I have bubble wrap in my knee, because it crepitates every time that I squat down.
Article of the Day

Kurt Wenner

Wenner is an American artist best known for his highly realistic, three-dimensional street art drawn using chalk. He produced his first chalk drawings on sidewalks in Rome after moving there in 1982 to study classical art. While he is not the only artist to have created anamorphic illusions in chalk, Wenner transformed the art form with his Renaissance-style mythical and religious scenes. He has also created advertisements. What work did Wenner do for NASA before studying in Rome? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Bonaparte Named King of Spain (1808)

The elder brother of Napoleon, Joseph Bonaparte served as king of Naples during Napoleon's reign, abolishing feudalism and reorganizing the judicial, financial, and educational systems. He was named king of Spain in 1808, but his reforms there were less successful, and he abdicated in 1813 and returned to France. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Joseph lived in the US and later in Italy. What creature from American folklore was Joseph said to have encountered while in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Velázquez (1599)

The most celebrated painter of the Spanish school, Velázquez was one of the outstanding artists of the 17th century. His early works were mostly religious or genre scenes. After arriving in Madrid in 1623, he painted a portrait of King Philip IV that won him immediate success and an appointment as court painter. Notable among his portraits is his masterpiece, Las MeninasThe Maids of Honor. Why is there debate about who the true subject of the painting is? More...
Quotation of the Day
In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

absolve from guilt

To consider innocent, clear of all suspicion, or pardon from any cause of guilt. More...
Today's Holiday

Swedish Flag Day (2016)

Constitution and Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Swedish constitution on June 6, 1809, and the ascension of Gustavus I to the throne on June 6, 1523. It is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic meetings, parades, and the raising of flags. In Stockholm, the main celebration takes place at the Stadium, where the Swedish national anthem is sung by a chorus of several thousand voices, and the King awards flags to various schools, sports clubs, and other organizations. In the evening, the celebration continues at Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in Europe. More...
In the News

Surgeons Testing "Touchless" Gaming Technology

Doctors in the UK have welcomed video game technology into the operating room. Surgeons in London are testing the touchless technology currently found in interactive gaming systems like Microsoft's Kinect to perform delicate vascular surgery. Surgeons can interact with the system by using voice commands or gestures, which are detected by a sensor, to manipulate images of the patient's body. This process allows for precise movements without requiring contact with non-sterile objects like computer keyboards during the operation. Doctors plan to attempt other types of surgery using the touchless technology, and say it could become the norm in the next decade. More...
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