Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 10, 2012)
Word of the Day

extrude

Definition:(verb) Form or shape by forcing through an opening.
Synonyms:squeeze out
Usage: The pasta machine extruded the dough through a series of small holes, thus shaping it into spaghetti.
Article of the Day

Unfinished Works

The Canterbury Tales contains only a fraction of the stories Chaucer had planned, and Bach's The Art of Fugue cuts off so abruptly that it was long thought that he died while composing it. Sometimes, it is not the artist but the subject whose death prevents a work’s completion, as was the case with Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died just hours after a painter began his portrait. What other unfinished works leave us wondering what they would have been like had they been completed? More...
This Day in History

Lord Darnley, Second Husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Found Murdered (1567)

Though Darnley's murder remains an unsolved mystery, one certainty is that at the time of his death, he was not well-liked. In line for the English throne, he infuriated Queen Elizabeth by marrying Mary Queen of Scots. He then alienated Mary by accusing her of infidelity and stabbing her secretary to death in front of her. Mary distanced herself from him, and shortly thereafter, his house exploded. He was found dead—but not from the blast. How was he killed, and who is suspected of his murder? More...
Today's Birthday

Bertolt Brecht (1898)

Brecht was a German playwright and poet whose brilliant wit and revolutionary theatrical experiments made him a vital and controversial force in modern drama. In 1928, he displayed his hostility toward capitalism as well as his bittersweet compassion for humanity in The Threepenny Opera. With the rise of the Nazis in 1933, he went into exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the US. One of Brecht's most important theories was the concept of Verfremdungseffekt, which means what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A prisoner...is unfortunate in two ways—because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

out of steam

Completely exhausted, fatigued, or without energy or motivation. More...
Today's Holiday

Magha Purnima (2017)

Like Kartika Purnima, this is a Hindu bathing festival, and Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges on this day is a great purifying act. When they cannot get to the Ganges, they bathe in the sea or in any holy stream, river, or tank (a pool or pond used to store water). There is a large tank that is considered holy at Kumbhkonam; Hindus believe on this particular day, the Ganges flows into the tank. Magha Purnima is a day for fasting and charities. Early in the morning, libations are offered to dead ancestors, while donations of food, clothes, and money are given to the poor. More...
In the News

Russians Breach Antarctic Lake

Earlier this week, a Russian team announced that it had successfully completed drilling through over two miles of ice and reached the surface of Lake Vostok, an Antarctic subglacial lake that has been untouched by humans for at least 14 million years. Scientists are hopeful that samples retrieved from the lake will reveal previously unknown life forms that have been isolated for millions of years and could offer new insights into Earth's history. There are concerns that the drilling methods used could lead to contamination of the pristine lake, but those involved with the project say precautions have been taken to minimize the risk. More...
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