Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 11, 2012)
Word of the Day

henchman

Definition:(noun) Someone who assists in a plot.
Synonyms:collaborator, partner in crime, confederate
Usage: During the rest of that short and successful strike, Bill constituted himself Mary Condon's henchman and messenger.
Article of the Day

Heliamphora

Heliamphora is a genus of carnivorous pitcher plants native to South America. The plants lure insects into their deadly pitchers with their vivid pigmentation, sweet scent, and a spoon-like appendage suspended above the tube that secretes nectar. Inside the pitcher, downward-facing hairs force insects deeper inward, until they are drowned in fluid collected at its bottom and then digested by symbiotic bacteria. How do these plants keep from filling completely with water when it rains? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Ronsard (1524)

Now considered one of the greatest French poets, Ronsard first served as a page and a squire and seemed destined for a career at court both in France and abroad. However, an illness left him partially deaf, and he turned to scholarship and literature. Named poet royal, the "prince of poets" wrote a great number of poems on many themes, especially patriotism, love, and death. He led a group of poets who cultivated the sonnet form and took the name of what earlier group of poets and tragedians? More...
Quotation of the Day
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is . . . the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

be hard hit (by something)

To be adversely affected (by something) to a great degree; to suffer financial losses (as the result of something). More...
Today's Holiday

National Bilby Day (2016)

Bilbies are nocturnal marsupials in Australia. The animal is not well known compared to the other iconic animals of Australia, a fact that conservationists hope to rectify by raising awareness on National Bilby Day. The event takes place in Charleville, west of Brisbane, where the bilbies are part of a captive breeding program. On Bilby Day, booths sell bilby stuffed animals and offer face-painting and bilby ears to dress children up like the beloved critters. Wildlife experts are on hand to give talks on the current status of bilbies and other endangered species. More...
In the News

Customs Officials Find Primate in Smuggler's Underwear

Three men from the United Arab Emirates were arrested Sunday in Delhi, India, when customs officials made an unusual discovery during a routine security check. One of the three men, who were traveling together, had hidden a slender loris in his underwear. Officials later found a second loris in a trash can elsewhere in the airport. The tiny primate, which is native to India and Sri Lanka, has become a popular exotic pet in some parts of the world, despite concerns that it is diminishing in the wild. More...
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