Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 28, 2011)
Word of the Day

mottle

Definition:(verb) Mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained.
Synonyms:blotch, streak
Usage: Her first words had caused the red of humiliation to mottle his already ruby visage to a semblance of purple.
Article of the Day

Gastropod Shells

Known as a univalve shell, the shell of gastropods like snails, periwinkles, conches, whelks, limpets, and abalones is usually coiled or spiraled. This exoskeleton protects them from predators and defends land snails against the sun and drying out. Most gastropod species have shells that coil clockwise. Rarely, a member of one of these species produces a shell that coils in the opposite direction. Such shells are prized by collectors. What has the largest shell of any living gastropod? More...
This Day in History

The Paddington Tram Depot Fire (1962)

In 1962, the Paddington Tram Depot in Brisbane, Australia, and 65 of its trams were destroyed in one of the largest fires in the city's history. The strain that the destruction put on local transportation resources is generally considered to have brought about the beginning of the end for Brisbane's tram system, which closed in 1969. After the fire, parts were salvaged from the destroyed trams and incorporated into new ones. What mythical creature adorns the trams bearing the salvaged parts? More...
Today's Birthday

Ed Sullivan (1901)

Famed American TV host Ed Sullivan started out as a journalist and gossip columnist but was hired by CBS to host the variety program that eventually became The Ed Sullivan Show because of his talent for discovering interesting performers. The program, featuring diverse entertainment, became a national institution for over 20 years, while Sullivan's terse introductions of guests and distinctive mannerisms made him a popular target for comedians. What acts were banned from Sullivan's show? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not better...to lead a good fashion than to follow a bad one?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

have a handle on (something)

To have a firm, clear understanding or determination of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Confucius's Birthday (2016)

This is a time to commemorate the birth of the teacher Confucius, perhaps the most influential man in China's history. In Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the birthplace of Confucius, there is a two-week-long Confucian Culture Festival. During the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, Red Guards defaced many of the buildings in Qufu. They have since been restored, and the festival held there attracts scholars from China and abroad. The festival opens with a ceremony accompanied by ancient music and dance and includes exhibitions and lectures on the life and teachings of Confucius. More...
In the News

Dead Sea Scrolls Make First Online Appearance

Two thousand years after they were written and decades after they were discovered in caves near the Dead Sea, several of the Dead Sea Scrolls have made their way online. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in partnership with Google, made high-resolution, searchable copies of five of the ancient texts available on its website. Doing so involved carefully photographing the fragile scrolls using ultraviolet-protected flash tubes that would light the scrolls for less than a millisecond to minimize damage. Whereas access to these manuscripts was once limited to a select group of scholars, they can now be examined by anyone with Internet access. More...
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