Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 3, 2018)
Word of the Day

iridescent

Definition:(adjective) Having a play of lustrous rainbow colors.
Synonyms:opalescent, pearlescent, nacreous
Usage: Soap bubbles are iridescent.
Article of the Day

Haloalkanes

Haloalkanes are a group of organic chemical compounds in which halogen atoms have been substituted for hydrogen atoms. Known under many chemical and commercial names, they have wide applications including in flame-retardants, refrigerants, propellants, and solvents. The best-known examples are chlorofluorocarbons, which are known for their role in ozone depletion. Other examples include hydrofluorocarbons and polymer haloaklanes, such as polytetrafluoroethene, which is better known as what? More...
This Day in History

Anne Frank and Family Deported to Auschwitz (1944)

Thanks to the poignant and insightful diary she left behind, Anne Frank is one of the most renowned and discussed victims of the Holocaust. Her family emigrated to Amsterdam in 1933 to escape the Nazis but was forced into hiding after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Betrayed to the Germans in 1944, the Franks were soon sent to Auschwitz, where they were separated by gender. Later, Anne and her sister were moved to Bergen-Belsen, where both died. Did any members of the Frank family survive? More...
Today's Birthday

Diane de Poitiers (1499)

As a lady-in-waiting at the French royal court, Diane captivated the man who would become King Henry II of France—though he was 20 years her junior. After the death of her husband, she became Henry's mistress. Following his coronation in 1547, Diane held court as queen in all but name, while the real queen lived in relative obscurity. However, after Henry's 1559 death, she was forced to retire from court. Her death may have been the result of drinking too much gold in an elixir meant to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish ... Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Pchum Ben (2020)

The 15-day period known as Pchum Ben in Cambodia is dedicated to rituals for the dead. It occurs during the rainy season when skies are usually overcast, and the darkness seems an appropriate time for Yama, God of the Underworld, to let the souls of the dead visit their families. The traditional offering to the dead consists of ben—special cakes made of glutinous rice mixed with coconut milk and other ingredients—arranged on a platter around a centerpiece and placed on a pedestal. During this time a monk says prayers at the tombs of the dead. More...
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