Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

embolden

Definition:(verb) To foster boldness or courage in; encourage.
Synonyms:cheer, hearten
Usage: Emboldened by the success of his first novel, he started on a second.
Article of the Day

Sabiha Gökçen, First Female Combat Pilot

When Gökçen was 10 years old, Turkey became a republic. As it Westernized during the presidency of her adoptive father, Kemal Atatürk, Turkish women gained more freedom, securing the right to vote in 1934. A year later, Gökçen enrolled in the Türkkusu Flight School as its first female pupil. After attending the Air Force Academy, she became the first female combat pilot. While with the Turkish Air Force, she logged some 8,000 flight hours, including combat missions. Why had Atatürk adopted her? More...
This Day in History

Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell's soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Boas (1858)

Boas was a German-American anthropologist. Trained in physics, he was part of an early scientific expedition to Baffin Island, where he turned to studying Eskimo culture. He is largely credited with establishing anthropology as an academic discipline in the US, and his achievements in anthropology are virtually unrivaled. It is largely because of his work that anthropologists today attribute human differences to cultural, rather than genetic, factors. Who were some of his famous students? More...
Quotation of the Day
When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

go (one's) (own) way

To proceed, act, or do things in a direction or manner as one so chooses or desires, especially as is distinct, separate, or different from that of others. More...
Today's Holiday

Camel Cup

What began in 1971 as a friendly camel race between two Alice Springs Lions Club members has grown into a major Australian event. Camels thrive in Alice Springs, which has one of the driest and harshest climates in Australia. Today the Camel Cup takes place at Blatherskite Park in Alice Springs and is only one of several camel-oriented events, which are accompanied by the eating and beer-drinking that are a hallmark of so many Australian festivals. Other events include polo on camels, helicopter rides, rickshaw races, the Miss Camel Cup competition, and fireworks. More...
In the News

Flattops Out, Flat Spots In

Education programs aimed at encouraging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs have helped lower the mortality rate from sudden infant death syndrome, but they have also contributed to the growing incidence of flat spots on the backs of babies' heads. Nearly half of Canadian two-month olds now have an observable head deformation. Though this is more of a cosmetic issue than a health risk, researchers say parents should still do their best to prevent flat spots from developing. Steps they can take include holding babies whenever possible, only putting them in car seats when traveling, and giving them supervised "tummy time" when they are awake. More...
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