Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 23, 2012)
Word of the Day

coriaceous

Definition:(adjective) Resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable.
Synonyms:leatherlike
Usage: Natalie ran her fingers lightly across the plant's large, coriaceous leaves.
Article of the Day

East Hampton

The affluent residential community of East Hampton, located at the very end of Long Island and surrounded by water on three sides, is the easternmost town in New York State. As part of the area known as "The Hamptons," the beach town is well-known as a playground of the rich and famous. Houses there can sell for millions of dollars, and many celebrities vacation there in the summer. In winter, the town's population plummets. What famous pirate may have buried treasure in East Hampton? More...
This Day in History

Sacco and Vanzetti Are Executed (1927)

The 1920 armed robbery and murder trial of the young Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti was one of the most controversial in US history. Though some believed the verdict was just, others argued that the two men were innocent and were only found guilty because they were immigrants and political radicals. Their defenders waged a fierce legal and public relations battle to save the men's lives, but they were executed in 1927. What declaration about the verdict was made in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

Gene Kelly (1912)

Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

grind (someone's) gears

To greatly or specifically irritate or annoy someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vulcanalia

Vulcan was the ancient Roman god of volcanic or destructive fire. The Vulcanalia, or festival in honor of Vulcan, was held on August 23, right at the time of year when forest fires might be expected and when the stored grain was in danger of burning. For this reason, Vulcan's cult was very prominent at Ostia, where Rome's grain was stored. At the Vulcanalia, which was observed in Egypt, in Athens, and in Rome, the priest or flamen Volcanis performed a sacrifice, and the heads of families burned small fish they had caught in the Tiber River. More...
In the News

Mutant Butterflies Found in Fukushima

It has long been believed that insects are highly resistant to radiation; however, mutated butterflies collected from various locations in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident are challenging this idea. A team of researchers collected 144 adult pale grass blue butterflies that would have been larvae at the time of the accident and found an increase in mutations, particularly those of the leg, antenna, and wing. Butterflies collected six months later had an even higher mutation rate, a fact researchers attribute to contaminated food sources and to genetic mutations passed along from the previous generation. More...
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