Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

exterminate

Definition:(verb) Kill en masse; kill on a large scale; kill many.
Synonyms:kill off
Usage: Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Communists, and homosexuals of Europe.
Article of the Day

The Phalanx

The phalanx was an ancient formation of infantry in which soldiers stood shoulder to shoulder in rows of eight or 16, forming a solid block that could sweep through the more dispersed ranks of the enemy. First used by the Sumerians and fully developed by the ancient Greeks, the phalanx reached its apex when Philip II and Alexander the Great used the great Macedonian phalanx to conquer all of Greece and the Middle East. Soldiers in their phalanxes were armed with the sarissa, which was what? More...
This Day in History

George Eastman Receives a Patent for His Kodak Camera (1888)

Eastman was an American industrialist, inventor, and philanthropist. Interested in photographic processes from an early age, he invented roll film in 1884 and perfected a camera designed to use it, called the Kodak camera. In 1892, he established the Eastman Kodak Company and began to mass produce his inventions, transforming photography from an expensive hobby of the few to a relatively inexpensive, popular pastime. What was his contribution to the development of motion pictures? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Wright (1908)

Wright was an American author whose works helped redefine discussions of race in the mid-20th century. The grandson of slaves, he grew up in poverty in the American south. The fictionalized autobiography Black Boy vividly describes his often harsh youth. He first came to wide attention in 1938 with a collection of short stories titled Uncle Tom's Children and published his bestselling novel Native Son two years later. Why were some of his works reissued in 1991? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thank goodness...I was never sent to school...it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Idiom of the Day

handwaving

Actions, words, or ideas that are meant to impress or appear convincing but which are in reality insubstantial or inconsequential. More...
Today's Holiday

Historical Regatta (2016)

Regattas have been a tradition in Italy for more than seven centuries, and this one in Venice is widely known as one of the most beautiful in the world. The Historical Regatta begins with a procession of historical boats, all decorated and strewn with flowers, down the Grand Canal. Leading the procession is the "Machina," a vessel of baroque style which carries officials and local dignitaries. Then there are various competitions that arouse intense enthusiasm among the spectators; by the end of the regatta, all of the canals are crowded with boatloads of revelers. More...
In the News

Scientist Fail to Identify Intelligence Genes

Decades of studies involving twins and adopted children have shown that genes have a significant influence on intelligence and that this influence increases as people pass from childhood into adulthood; however, pinpointing the genes involved has proved difficult. Scientists used to believe that fewer than half a dozen genes affect intelligence quotient (IQ), but recent studies suggest that at least 1,000 may actually be involved. Because each of these genes has such a minute impact, researchers have been unable to identify which ones influence IQ. Still, they estimate that at least 40 to 50 percent of the differences in IQ result from genetic influences. More...
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