Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 04, 2016)
Word of the Day

rowlock

Definition:(noun) A holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing.
Synonyms:thole, tholepin, peg, pin, oarlock
Usage: It was that dull kind of a regular sound that comes from oars working in rowlocks when it's a still night.
Article of the Day

Perfect Numbers

In mathematics, a perfect number is an integer that is the sum of all of its proper, positive divisors not including the number itself. The first perfect number is 6, because 1, 2, and 3 are its proper, positive divisors and 1+2+3=6. Euclid, a Hellenistic mathematician living in the third century BCE, discovered a formula that identifies the first four perfect numbers. What is the second number in this set? 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
One likes to be respected as highly as his neighbors are.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

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

This Ancient, Flying Reptile Was the Size of a Cat

A pterosaur the size of a house cat? Sign me up! Often confused with dinosaurs — they aren't even of the same lineage: as Brian Switek once wrote, "A pterosaur is no more a dinosaur than a goldfish is a shark" — these creatures were the world's last ... More...
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