Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

cicatrix

Definition:(noun) A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.
Synonyms:scar
Usage: It was clear from the cicatrix on his back that he had been punished at one time, but, whether as a slave or as a thief, we could not tell.
Article of the Day

The Song Dynasty

The first government in history to issue paper money, the Song dynasty was the ruling dynasty in China between 960 and 1279. A culturally rich period for the arts, philosophy, and social life, the dynasty also bolstered naval strength and developed revolutionary new military technology—augmented by the use of gunpowder—to repel invaders. Nevertheless, the Song dynasty was conquered in 1279 by the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. What nautical tool was invented during the era? More...
This Day in History

Rutan Voyager Completes First Nonstop Flight around the World without Refueling (1986)

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who first conceived of the craft and sketched it on the back of a napkin in 1981, the Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and landed there nine days later. The aircraft more than doubled the previous record of un-refueled flight set by a US Air Force B-52 in 1962. How much does the Rutan Voyager weigh? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805)

Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1827, he claimed that an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing God's revelation, which he translated as the Book of Mormon. He led converts to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and introduced the custom of polygamy. When in 1844 he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the US, he and his brother were thrown in jail, where they were killed by a lynch mob. What happened to the church after his death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Idiom of the Day

heave into view

To move or rise into sight, especially from a distance. More...
Today's Holiday

Night of the Radishes (2016)

Night of the Radishes is a festival dating from the 19th century that combines art, agriculture, and religion. It is held in the zócalo, or main square, in Oaxaca, Mexico. The radishes grow to yam-size here and are each uniquely shaped by growing through the rocky soil. Families harvest these vegetables, and combine and sculpt them into elaborate forms depicting biblical scenes, especially the nativity of Jesus. Historical and Aztec themes are also represented. After the awarding of cash prizes and ribbons, a fireworks display caps the night. More...
In the News

What Makes the Seahorse So Unique?

For the first time, scientists have unraveled the genetic secrets of one of the most peculiar fish in the sea: the seahorse. An international team of researchers has fully sequenced the Southeast Asian tiger tail seahorse, named for its distinctive yellow-and-black ... More...
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