Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 04, 2012)
Word of the Day

indubitable

Definition:(adjective) Too obvious to be doubted.
Synonyms:veritable, undeniable, indisputable, irrefutable, unquestionable, incontrovertible, unarguable, incontestable
Usage: In the course of the day they saw indubitable signs that the buffalo had been roaming there in great numbers.
Article of the Day

The Ogdoad

The Ogdoad of Egyptian mythology was a group of eight deities worshipped in ancient Hermopolis. They were arranged in four female-male pairs, with each pair representing the female and male aspects of one of four basic concepts. Together, the concepts were thought to have been the basis for the creation of the world. According to mythology, an unbalanced interaction between the four pairs resulted in the creation of a cosmic egg from which the sun god hatched. What were the four basic concepts? 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
Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

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

Soft Music and Lighting May Make You Eat Less

The atmosphere in a fast food restaurant may affect how enjoyable the meal is, according to a US study. Researchers recently modified a section of a Hardee's restaurant to see how diners would react to the changes. Patrons who sat in the section provided with plants, paintings, indirect lights, candles, tablecloths and instrumental music ate longer, consumed 18 percent fewer calories, and rated the food as more enjoyable than those who dined in the unmodified area. More...
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