Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 29, 2012)
Word of the Day

obstinacy

Definition:(noun) The trait of being difficult to handle or overcome.
Synonyms:mulishness, stubbornness
Usage: If any tribe shall refuse to recognize the authority of the French, by bowing down to the laced chapeau of Mowanna, let them abide the consequences of their obstinacy.
Article of the Day

The Giant Weta

One of the heaviest insects in the world, the giant weta is an example of island gigantism—the phenomenon in which isolated species evolve to become unusually large in the absence of restraints such as predators. Giant wetas are found primarily on New Zealand's offshore islands, having been driven almost to extinction elsewhere in New Zealand by introduced mammalian predators. They are fairly tame, passive insects that resemble giant grasshoppers. How heavy are the largest wetas? More...
This Day in History

Algerian Leader Muhammad Boudiaf Assassinated (1992)

Boudiaf was an Algerian political leader and a founder of the National Liberation Front, which directed the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) against France. Boudiaf was captured in 1956 and imprisoned. He was freed after Algeria gained independence, but his opposition to the new regime led to a 27-year exile. In 1992, he was invited back to head the government and deal with rising religious influence in politics. Months later, he was assassinated by a bodyguard while doing what? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accuse not Nature, she hath done her part; do thou but thine.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

insofar as

To such an extent that; to the degree that. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles Independence Day (2017)

Also known as Republic Day, Seychelles Independence Day is a national holiday that commemorates Seychelles' transition to an independent republic on this day in 1976. It had been a British colony since 1903. Before that, it was a dependency of Mauritius, which was ruled by France. When Seychelles became independent, the people had a three-month-long party. More...
In the News

Love at First Sniff?

Forget common interests, finding a romantic partner can be as easy as following your nose—at least, that is the theory behind pheromone parties, where attendees are asked to pick potential partners using only their sense of smell. Each attendee brings a worn, unwashed garment to the event, where it is catalogued and placed on display without the owner's identifying information. Attendees then sniff the various garments, and the event coordinators facilitate introductions between those that liked another's scent. The experimental method of matchmaking relies on the idea that pheromones in our body odor influence sexual attraction and help us identify genetically suitable mates. More...
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