Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossicle

Definition:(noun) A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear.
Synonyms:bonelet
Usage: Because of their distinctive shapes, the ossicles in the ear are called the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup.
Article of the Day

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are generally brief, anonymously written songs or verses intended for children. Though these rhymes are thought to help develop vocabulary and counting skills, scholars have actually linked many of these rhymes to historic events. For example, some believe that "Pop Goes the Weasel" is about silk weavers bringing their shuttles or bobbins (known as "weasels") to pawnbrokers to exchange for drinking money. What event does “Ring a Ring O'Roses” supposedly reference? 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
Hope is the most treacherous of all human fancies.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

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

Sleeping Late? Napping All the Time? What Your Sleep Says about Your Health

Do you sleep between seven to nine hours per night? According to the experts, this is the amount needed, on average, to keep our minds alert and our bodies healthy – but many people aren't getting enough. In the United States, for example, half the ... More...
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