Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 22, 2012)
Word of the Day

thermal

Definition:(adjective) Relating to or associated with heat.
Synonyms:caloric
Usage: The scientists had not anticipated such extreme thermal conditions and were forced to delay the experiment indefinitely.
Article of the Day

Red River Ox Carts

Red River ox carts were a vital form of transportation during the 19th-century westward expansion in the US and Canada. They carried fur to trading posts in places like St. Paul, Minnesota, and then carried supplies back to settlements along the Red River of the North, which now forms the Minnesota–North Dakota border. Built entirely of wood and animal hide—and no metal—the carts typically had two wheels, which were notorious for their constant creaking. Why couldn't their axles be greased? More...
This Day in History

Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)

Released to universal acclaim, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-generated film, as well as the first such film from Pixar Studios. Steve Jobs had purchased Pixar in 1986, but the company had yet to find its niche. When its 1988 short film Tin Toy won an Oscar, Disney took notice, and the two companies soon formed a partnership that would prove to be extremely successful, beginning with the release of Toy Story. What popular toy was cut from the original plot? More...
Today's Birthday

André Gide (1869)

A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo. In one of his most famous quotes, Gide advised that one should believe those who seek the truth and reserve doubt for whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in no circumstances

Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2017)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
In the News

Ugly Animals Need Saving Too

People tend to have a natural fondness for cute, cuddly looking creatures like pandas, so when their populations are threatened, they receive a great deal of media attention. However, not all animals that are endangered are aesthetically pleasing. In fact, some are downright ugly. Still, each species is unique in its own way, and each needs help to survive. To this end, the Zoological Society for London has undertaken a campaign to raise awareness of some of the more unusual and neglected species on the brink of extinction, among them the long-beaked echidna, the Sunda pangolin, and the Mallorcan midwife toad. More...
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