Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 18, 2017)
Word of the Day

ecesis

Definition:(noun) The successful establishment of a plant or animal species in a habitat.
Synonyms:establishment
Usage: The ecologists were especially interested in ensuring the ecesis of the endangered species in the wildlife refuge.
Article of the Day

3D Computer Graphics

Though a computer monitor's display is a two-dimensional plane, 3D computer graphics programs can produce images of objects that appear to be three dimensional. Creating 3D graphics is typically a three step process. First, the object's shape is described in a process called modeling. Then designers determine the object's motion and placement within a scene. Lastly, the model is given its final appearance in the rendering process. The term "computer graphics" was coined in the 1960s by whom? More...
This Day in History

Legionnaire's Disease Mystery Declared Solved (1977)

In July 1976, members of the American Legion veterans association who were gathered at a Philadelphia hotel began falling ill with a mysterious respiratory ailment that sickened 221 and killed 34. Months later, the US Centers for Disease Control announced that a new bacterium—Legionella pneumophila—had been identified as the culprit. It had spread through the hotel's air conditioning system. In 2010, it was reported that 20% of Legionella infections may come from what surprising source? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Bonanno, AKA Joe Bananas (1905)

Born in Sicily, Bonanno came to the US illegally in 1924. He settled in Brooklyn and became a bootlegger and mob enforcer. In 1931, he founded the Bonanno crime family, one of five families that dominated organized crime in New York City. He ruled the family for decades, and although his empire stretched across the country and involved gambling, loan sharking, and drug trafficking, he was never convicted of a serious crime. He died in Arizona at the age of 97. What was the "Banana Split"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

a long row to hoe

A particularly difficult or problematic task, situation, or set of circumstances to contend with or confront. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of St. Peter's Chair (2018)

At the Vatican in Rome, St. Peter is honored as bishop of Rome and the first pope. The current pope, wearing his triple crown and vestments of gold cloth, is carried in his chair of state in a spectacular procession up the nave of St. Peter's Basilica. He is deposited behind the altar on a richly decorated throne that enshrines the plain wooden chair on which St. Peter is believed to have sat. The ceremony dates back to at least 720 and is regarded as one of the most magnificent ecclesiastical observances to be held at St. Peter's. More...
In the News

Massive Strolling Alligator Enthralls Tourists at Fla. Nature Reserve — and on Video

The Florida alligator refused to wow the small crowd, if it noticed them, with a burst of speed as it crossed the grassy path. Its size was enough. Each slow step was like the twist of a queen's wave, as though such things as urgency were below the ... More...
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