Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

transmogrify

Definition:(verb) Change completely the nature or appearance of.
Synonyms:metamorphose, transfigure
Usage: In Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis," a human being transmogrifies into a bug.
Article of the Day

The Great Red Spot: Jupiter's Storm

The Great Red Spot (GRS) is a very large, high-pressure atmospheric feature on the planet Jupiter, characterized by anticyclonic winds circulating at a speed of about 248 mph (400 km/h). The storm has persisted on Jupiter's surface for more than 300 years since first observed. The cause of its reddish color is unknown, and it tends to vary from brick-red to brownish. The GRS is not to be confused with another storm on Jupiter called "the Baby Red Spot," which was initially what color? More...
This Day in History

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Signed (1961)

In 1961, representatives from 73 nations met at United Nations headquarters to draft an international treaty to fight the production, trade, and use of illegal drugs. Their comprehensive convention replaced a prior patchwork of treaties and was entered into force in 1964. It was amended in 1972 and now has more than 180 signatories. Despite its sweeping breadth, the document contains a significant ambiguity that has been interpreted differently by various nations. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction. What famous rock guitarist helped launch Clapton's comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

(one) figures (that)

One presumes or anticipates (that); one reckons or thinks (that). More...
Today's Holiday

Ganguar (2017)

Gangaur is one of the highlights of the festival year in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is observed in celebration of Gauri, another name for Parvati, Shiva's wife. This is largely a girls' and women's festival, but boys and men get to enjoy the elaborate processions that take place in cities around the state, such as Jaipur. The festival continues for 18 days, during which women fast, dress in their best clothes, adorn themselves with intricate henna designs, and pray. The festival culminates with feasting and processions of the goddess's image that celebrate the union of Gauri and Shiva. More...
In the News

Anti-Social App Aims to Prevent Awkward Meetings

Do you dread the idea of accidentally running into an ex? Well, rest easy; there's an app out there for you. Cloak is just one of a growing number of "anti-social" apps hitting marketplaces. It gathers public location information from other social networking services and alerts users when people they have flagged for avoidance are nearby. They can then take evasive action as necessary! More...
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