Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

seditious

Definition:(adjective) In opposition to a civil authority or government.
Synonyms:insurgent, subversive
Usage: In an attempt to discourage rebellion, the dictator announced that anyone found in possession of seditious literature would be executed.
Article of the Day

Averageness

In studies of attractiveness, researchers have found that average faces—those with the most conventional traits—are rated as the most attractive. Such studies often use composite photography, a tool developed in the 19th century by Sir Francis Galton, who believed that he could use composite images to identify "types" by facial appearance. Hypothesizing that certain types have similar facial features, he began creating composite photos of the faces of criminals and vegetarians. What did he find? More...
This Day in History

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt? More...
Today's Birthday

"Mama" Cass Elliot (1941)

Elliot was an American singer and member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing several studio albums. In 1974, after a series of performances at the London Palladium, Elliot was found dead in an apartment loaned to her by singer Harry Nilsson—the same apartment where drummer Keith Moon died four years later. Although Elliot died from a heart attack, an often repeated urban myth states that she died by choking on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

be on (one's) conscience

To be a persistent cause or source of guilt, such as an act of wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Keiro-no-Hi

Keiro-no-Hi is a national holiday in Japan set aside as a day to honor the elderly. At community centers, entertainments are held and the guests are given small keepsakes and gifts of food—for example, rice cakes dyed red and white, the traditional Japanese colors of happiness. More...
In the News

The Frog that Hears with Its Mouth

The tiny Gardiner's frog has no middle ear or eardrum and therefore, scientists assumed, no way to amplify and transmit sound waves to the inner ear, rendering it effectively deaf. But if this were the case, researchers wondered, why would these creatures make audible noises, and, for that matter, why would they respond to one another's calls? It turns out that these fingernail-sized amphibians use their mouths to amplify sound in much the same way that the body of a guitar does, and this sound is then conducted by tissue and bone to the inner ear. More...
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