Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 09, 2016)
Word of the Day

contraption

Definition:(noun) A device that is very useful for a particular job.
Synonyms:gizmo, appliance, contrivance, gadget, widget, gismo, convenience
Usage: He turned the contraption around and around in his hands, not believing that such simple, small thing could save lives.
Article of the Day

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is a plant whose leaves are used to make a beverage called mate, the national drink of Argentina and Uruguay. Mate is a caffeinated infusion, much like a cross between green tee and coffee, that is prepared by steeping dried leaves in hot water. It is traditionally served in a hollow gourd with a metal straw and is usually enjoyed in a social setting. Uruguay enacted a national law that prohibits drinking mate while performing what other activity? More...
This Day in History

"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of "genetic epistemology," a natural timetable for the development of the child's ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More...
Quotation of the Day
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek: your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union BuildingsUnion Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
In the News

How Sunflowers Follow the Sun, Day after Day

At dawn, whole fields of sunflowers stand at attention, all facing east, and begin their romance with the rising sun. As that special star appears to move across the sky, young flowers follow its light, looking up, then over and westward, catching one final ... More...
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