Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

hackbut

Definition:(noun) An obsolete firearm with a long barrel.
Synonyms:arquebus, hagbut, harquebus
Usage: It is unusual to encounter a hackbut outside of a museum, as the weapon has no practical application in modern combat.
Article of the Day

The Rorschach Inkblot Test

Invented by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, the Rorschach test requires subjects to interpret a series of 10 standard inkblots. Their responses are then analyzed as an indication of personality traits, preoccupations, and conflicts. Though the test is still widely used, its objectivity and reliability are disputed, in part because the images themselves and the most common interpretations of them have been made available to the public. What is the first image most often said to look like? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
I know that everything beautiful attracts love, but I cannot see how, by reason of being loved, that which is loved for its beauty is bound to love that which loves it.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

laze about

To relax or spend time idly; to do nothing or very little. More...
Today's Holiday

Eastern States Exposition (2017)

Also known as The Big E, the Eastern States Exposition is an agricultural and industrial fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by all six New England states. The exposition is known for its Avenue of the States, where each New England state has erected a permanent replica of its original State House. The livestock show is the largest in the East, and the Eastern States Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian events in the country. The exposition also features a parade, a circus, and international exhibits. More...
In the News

Frozen Woolly Mammoth Cells Could Be Alive

Woolly mammoth fragments found in Siberia may contain living cells that could lead to the cloning of the extinct creatures, scientists said Tuesday. It is estimated that woolly mammoths died out approximately 10,000 years ago, though some may have survived longer in some areas. Hair, soft tissue, and bone marrow from the prehistoric animal were found 328 feet (100 m) underground during a summer expedition. Some scientists speculate that mammoth cells preserved in permafrost may be able to be used to clone the animal. However, more testing is required to determine whether the cells are still in fact alive. More...
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