Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

happenstance

Definition:(noun) A chance circumstance.
Synonyms:coincidence
Usage: Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person.
Article of the Day

Megapodes

Megapodes are large-footed, chicken-like birds found in Australia and New Guinea. Rather than brood their eggs, females bury them in massive nest-mounds of decaying vegetation that males then tend. Megapode chicks are superprecocial, meaning they hatch in a very mature state that includes having open eyes, feathers, and, in some species, the ability to fly. They typically hatch unattended and therefore do not undergo imprinting. How then do they come to recognize other members of their species? More...
This Day in History

The Big Burn (1910)

The Great Fire of 1910 was a wildfire that burned approximately three million acres (12,000 sq km) in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Spurred by hurricane-force winds, it destroyed parts of several national forests. Since known as the Big Burn, the firestorm burned over two days and killed more than 80 people, including 78 firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in US history. How did the Great Fire of 1910 shape future US Forest Service policy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry, Berzelius was a Swedish professor who achieved an immensely important series of innovations and discoveries. He developed chemistry's modern system of symbols and formulas, prepared a remarkably precise table of atomic weights, analyzed numerous chemical compounds, and discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium. He also introduced basic laboratory equipment that remains in use today. What common scientific terms did Berzelius coin? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are as liable to be corrupted by our books as by our companions.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

the Greek calends

A time that is expected to never arrive or occur. (Used after a preposition, especially "at," "on," or "till.") A reference to the day of the new moon and the first day of the month in the ancient Roman calendar, which the Greeks did not observe. More...
Today's Holiday

Santa Fe Indian Market

This showplace for traditional and contemporary American Indian art is held on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The market is the oldest and largest juried competition among Native American artists. Today, more than 800 artists enter the competition, largely from the 19 New Mexico pueblos and the Apache, Navajo, Hopi, and Ute tribes of the Southwest. Besides the booths of art works, there are numerous food booths, offering such specialties as green chile on fried bread, and there are Native American dances performed at the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. More...
In the News

CIA Acknowledges Area 51's Existence, Makes No Mention of Aliens

Conspiracy theorists and ufologists rejoice! The CIA has acknowledged the existence of Area 51, the top-secret US military site long rumored to be at the center of an elaborate government scheme to hide evidence of extraterrestrial life. Recently declassified documents unquestionably confirm that the base exists and even specify where in southern Nevada it is located, but they stop short of mentioning any alien encounters. They do, however, discuss the secret aircraft development programs that were carried out there and the fact that experimental crafts were occasionally mistaken for UFOs. Do you buy this explanation? More...
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