Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

regalia

Definition:(noun) Magnificent attire; finery.
Synonyms:raiment, array
Usage: He arrayed himself in the regalia of millionaires and presidents.
Article of the Day

Subvertising

Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words "subvert" and "advertising," the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically? More...
This Day in History

Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)

In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003? More...
Today's Birthday

Theodore Dreiser (1871)

Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

gut factor

The subjective, emotional element or dimension that influences a decision. More...
Today's Holiday

Stiftungsfest (2016)

Appropriately enough, Minnesota's oldest continuous festival is held in the town of Norwood-Young America. Loosely translated as "founders' day," Stiftungsfest was created in 1861 by the Young America Pioneer Maennerchor (men's choir) as a way of bringing the music of old Germany to the new world. Well-known bands and singing groups from Germany as well as local groups perform during the three-day event, which includes a traditional German beer garden, a Heritage Tent showcasing German arts and crafts, and a Grand Parade. More...
In the News

Beyond Terminator: Squishy "Octobot" Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics. The ‘octobot’ described today in Nature is the first self-contained robot made exclusively of soft, flexible parts. Interest in soft robots has taken ... More...
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