Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 24, 2013)
Word of the Day

reconnoiter

Definition:(verb) To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.
Synonyms:scout
Usage: I resolved to go out for a few minutes to reconnoiter, and make myself acquainted with any facilities for flight or hiding which the situation of the house might present.
Article of the Day

Streisand Effect

The term "Streisand effect" describes the result of an attempt to suppress online information that instead increases its exposure. It was coined in 2003 after American entertainer Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for $50 million so that aerial photos of her home, part of a collection of California coastline photographs, would be taken off the Internet. The case was dismissed, and the ensuing media coverage further publicized the photos. What are other famous examples of the phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

Hiram Bingham III Locates Machu Picchu (1911)

Bingham was an American archaeologist who explored the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which he incorrectly identified as the "lost city" of Vilcabamba, bringing them to the attention of the outside world for the first time. Ironically, he was also the first modern explorer to reach Espiritu Pampa, found 60 mi (110 km) east of Machu Picchu, a site now widely recognized as the actual remains of Vilcabamba. A Yale University lecturer, Bingham may have been the inspiration for what fictional character? More...
Today's Birthday

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900)

Zelda Sayre was an aspiring writer when she married F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920. A glamorous and witty couple, they lived an extravagant life in New York City that F. Scott unsuccessfully attempted to support with his writing. They eventually moved to Europe, where they became part of a celebrated circle of American expatriates known as the Lost Generation. After 1930, Zelda was intermittently confined to sanatoriums for schizophrenia but still managed to publish short stories and what novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Idiom of the Day

grand total

The final amount after adding several different numbers or sums. More...
Today's Holiday

Manitoba Sunflower Festival

The Mennonites were members of an evangelical Protestant sect named for Menno Simons, a Dutch priest. A number of Russian Mennonites settled in Manitoba, Canada, where their heritage is still celebrated. Because the Mennonites were the first to extract the oil from sunflower plants, the city of Altona honors its Mennonite heritage with an annual Sunflower Festival, offering a number of Mennonite foods such as veriniki, borscht, and rollkuchen. Activities include the Great Ping Pong Ball Drop, motorcross races, pancake breakfasts, and a huge farmers' market. More...
In the News

Plain Packaging Reduces Cigarettes' Appeal

Australia was the first country in the world to mandate that cigarettes be sold in drab, standardized packages that prominently feature anti-s moking messages and images in place of tobacco company logos and colors. The aim of the legislation, which went into effect in late 2012, was to make cigarettes less appealing to smokers, and it appears to be working. Smokers polled during the country's transition from branded to standardized packs were more likely to think their cigarettes had declined in quality and to find them less satisfying if they were smoking cigarettes from standardized packs. They were also more likely to have frequently thought about quitting. More...
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