Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

pogonip

Definition:(noun) A dense winter fog containing ice particles.
Synonyms:ice fog
Usage: He trudged on through the pogonip, oblivious to the delicate ice crystals melting on his face and hands.
Article of the Day

Rubik's Cube: The World's Best-Selling Toy

Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor Erno Rubik, the Rubik's Cube is now said to be the world's best-selling toy. More than 300 million of these colorful, square puzzles have been sold worldwide. The standard Rubik's Cube has 54 square faces—nine on each side—covered by stickers in six solid colors. When the puzzle is solved, each side of the cube is a single solid color. What is the current world record for solving a Rubik's Cube? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)

After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format. What later case concerned the "space-shifting" of media? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne Brontë (1820)

Though often overshadowed by her more famous sisters, Charlotte and Emily, Anne Brontë was a novelist and poet in her own right. She possessed a style distinct from the romanticism of her sisters, and her works—which include Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall—have been praised for their realism and moral force. Like her five older siblings, Anne died of tuberculosis at a fairly young age. After she died, who prevented her controversial second novel from being reprinted? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

long pig

obsolete Human flesh when eaten as food by cannibals. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot (2018)

St. Anthony the Abbot was one of the earliest saints, and, if St. Athanasius's biography of him is correct, Anthony lived more than 100 years (251-356). He eventually came to be regarded as a healer of animals as well as of people. His feast day is celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America by bringing household pets and livestock into the churchyard, where the local priest blesses them with holy water. All the animals are carefully groomed and often decorated with ribbons and fresh flowers. In some Latin American cities, the Blessing of the Animals takes place on a different day—often on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. More...
In the News

Warning Labels Might Stop Parents from Buying Sugary Drinks

Warning labels detailing health risks associated with sugary drinks such as diabetes and obesity may convince parents not to buy these beverages for their kids, a U.S. study suggests. For the experiment, researchers gave 2,381 parents online surveys asking ... More...
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