Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 17, 2012)
Word of the Day

lampblack

Definition:(noun) A black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink.
Synonyms:crock, smut, soot
Usage: Our pilgrims would have liked very well to get out their lampblack and stencil-plates and paint their names on that rock.
Article of the Day

Umm Kulthum

Known as the "Star of the East," Kulthum was one of the Arab world's most famous singers in the 20th century. For decades, her live concerts were broadcast from Cairo on the first Thursday of each month, and while she sang, the Arab world was said to stand still. Her concerts could last several hours and were described as enchanting, highly emotional, and fueled by interaction with the audience. Her funeral was one of the largest gatherings in Egyptian history. How many people were there? More...
This Day in History

Veder Snaps Pulitzer Prize-Winning Burst of Joy (1973)

Taken at the end of the Vietnam War, Slava "Sal" Veder's Burst of Joy became a symbol of the widespread sentiment in America that the horrors of war were over and military families could begin the healing process. The photo captures the return home of Lt. Col. Robert Stirm, who had been shot down over North Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for over five years. It shows his children running to greet him on the tarmac, his daughter with open arms. Why was the reunion bittersweet? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr. (1902)

A practicing attorney, Jones was only an amateur golfer, yet in 1930 he became the only man to win four major golf championships in a single year and the only sports figure to be honored with two New York City ticker-tape parades. At 28, he had already won 13 major championships. He was hailed for his sportsmanship when he lost a major tournament by one stroke after calling a penalty on himself for an infraction that no one else saw. What was the infraction, and what tournament did he lose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in a bad light

Negatively; under unfavorable circumstances. (Typically used with the verbs "see" or "show," or some similar variation.) More...
Today's Holiday

Liberalia (2017)

Liber and Libera were ancient Roman fertility deities, worshipped along with Ceres. The triad of Ceres, Liber, and Libera was identified with the Greek deities Demeter, Dionysus, and Persephone. At the festival held in honor of Liber and Libera on March 17, young Roman boys who had come of age wore the toga virilis for the first time. In the ancient Italian town of Lavinium, a whole month was consecrated to Liber. The various rituals carried out during this time were designed to ensure the growth of newly planted seeds. More...
In the News

Colossal Squid's Colossal Eyes Help It Spot Sperm Whales

Scientists think they know why giant and colossal squid have eyes the size of basketballs—to help them spot the sperm whales that prey upon them. Researchers were at first puzzled because the huge eyes, which can measure 11 in (27 cm) across, seem to offer little advantage in the dark depths of the ocean and because no other known species has eyes even close to this size. However, it turns out that the eyes are better able to spot the glow of bioluminescent life forms at a distance. When a sperm whale swims, it disturbs these organisms, creating a glowing trail that could warn squid of the predator's approach. More...
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