Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 13, 2014)
Word of the Day

pedantic

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms:donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him.
Article of the Day

The Animated Cartoon

An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing a series of drawings, objects, or computer graphics frame by frame, and recording the very slight, continuous changes in the images that then simulate motion. Paleolithic cave paintings show early attempts to capture motion in drawings, as animals are depicted with superimposed sets of legs. In the 19th century, flip books created the illusion of motion in drawings, and the first animated projection appeared in 1892. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Opha Mae Johnson Becomes First Woman to Enlist in the US Marine Corps (1918)

During World War I, the US Secretary of the Navy decided to allow women to join the Marine Corps Reserve so that they could take over clerical duties being performed at the time by battle-ready Marines who were needed overseas. Johnson, who was 18 at the time, was the first woman to enlist. It would be another 25 years before the Marines began letting women fill non-clerical positions like parachute rigger, mechanic, and cryptographer. What was Johnson's rank? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Hitchcock (1899)

Hitchcock was a six-time Academy Award-nominated English-American filmmaker who directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. A master of the suspense thriller, he developed a style that is so distinctive that any filmmaker working in the suspense genre invariably risks comparison to him. He was one of the best known directors of his time, often making humorous cameo appearances in his own films. Hitchcock was also known for his use of MacGuffins, which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

get the knack of

To learn how to do something competently or well after a certain period of practice or development. More...
Today's Holiday

Bud Billiken Day (2016)

Bud Billiken is the "patron saint" of Chicago's African-American children. Created in 1923 by Robert S. Abbott, Bud Billiken is a symbol of things as they should be, and his day is primarily a children's event. There is a parade held on the second Saturday in August each year, complete with marching bands, baton twirlers, floats, and units from the Navy, Air Force, and National Guard. The formalities end when the parade reaches Washington Park in the Grand Boulevard area of Chicago, where families have picnics and cookouts. More...
In the News

Ethicists Unanimously Approve Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs

A panel of ethicists called together by the World Health Organization has unanimously agreed that, given the scope of the current Ebola outbreak and its climbing death toll, it is ethical to offer experimental treatments to the afflicted so long as certain criteria are met. When providing these interventions, the panel insisted, healthcare providers must be transparent about all aspects of patient care. There must be informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity, and communal involvement. Moreover, health workers are morally obligated to collect and share all data generated from the use of these drugs. More...
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