Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 10, 2013)
Word of the Day

recidivate

Definition:(verb) To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits.
Synonyms:relapse, retrogress, lapse, regress, fall back
Usage: I did not mean to recidivate, but burgling homes is second nature to me.
Article of the Day

Republic of Indian Stream

From 1832 to 1835, the Republic of Indian Stream was a small constitutional republic in the border area that divides the US state of New Hampshire from Quebec, Canada. Indian Stream was able to establish itself as an independent nation because the Treaty of Paris had left an ambiguous boundary between the US and Canada at the end of the American Revolution. The republic joined New Hampshire after being occupied by the state's militia, but not before what bizarre incident almost sparked a war? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential "mad scientist"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) call

To be ultimately left up to someone to decide. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Festival (2017)

An annual event since 1926, Michigan's National Cherry Festival takes place in Traverse City, where 70 percent of the world's red cherries are grown. The festival features both traditional and offbeat events involving cherries: cherry pie-eating and cooking contests, a cherry wine competition, displays of cherries and cherry products, free tours of the cherry orchards, a cherry smorgasbord luncheon, and the weighing-in of the world's largest cherry. It also includes three major parades, national high school band competitions, canoe races, and a water ski tournament. More...
In the News

Rare "Corpse Flower" Blooms in Belgium

The Titan arum is a sight to behold—and a novelty to sniff. It is one of the world's largest flowers, as well as one of its worst-smelling. Popularly known as the "corpse flower" for its stench, which is akin to that of rotting meat, it flowers infrequently and only for three days before waning. Thus, for the past few days, people have been flocking to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of its rare, 8-foot (2.44 meter) bloom. This is the third time since 2008 that the garden's specimen has flowered. More...
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