Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 5, 2012)
Word of the Day

efface

Definition:(verb) Remove completely from recognition or memory.
Synonyms:obliterate
Usage: Allow me to propose a remedy, to efface the shame, and to render it as if not done.
Article of the Day

Lake Guatavita

Lake Guatavita is a small crater lake in the mountains of Colombia that has been the site of a centuries-old treasure hunt. It is likely the source of the legend of El Dorado, which allegedly began prior to the 16th century, when a local Chibcha chief would ritually coat himself in gold dust, bathe in the lake, and cast offerings of gold and jewels into the water. Since the arrival of the Spanish, numerous attempts have been made to recover the supposed treasure. What strategies have been tried? More...
This Day in History

George Westinghouse Patents the Automatic Air Brake (1872)

Prior to the advent of trucking in the early 1900s, rail was the only efficient way to transport goods over land. However, before the 1870s, there was no easy way to quickly stop the extremely heavy freight trains. Brakemen scrambled over the tops of moving cars to activate hand brakes on each one. The system was unreliable, resulting in frequent derailments, and many brakemen were killed or maimed after falling from trains. The air brake solved all of those problems. How did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Pyle (1853)

Pyle was an American illustrator and writer who specialized in tales of chivalry and adventure for children. He rewrote and realistically illustrated classic tales about figures like Robin Hood and King Arthur, adapting the stories to suit a younger audience. In 1900, he founded an art school, and many of his students went on to become famous illustrators themselves. Today, he is considered the father of American illustration. Which noted Post-Impressionist painter was an admirer of Pyle's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

leave (someone) holding the baby

To foist responsibility or guilt for something on someone else; to allow someone else to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Iditarod (2017)

The Iditarod is the world's longest and toughest sled dog race, across the state of Alaska from Anchorage on the south-central coast to Nome on the Bering Sea just south of the Arctic Circle. The race, which began in 1973, follows an old frozen-river mail route and is named for a deserted mining town along the way. A number of events are clustered around the running of the race. At Wasilla, near Anchorage, Iditarod Days are held on the beginning weekend of the race and feature softball, golf on ice, fireworks, and snow sculptures. More...
In the News

Stem Cell Find Raises Fertility Hope

Fertility experts have long believed that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have; however, new findings suggest otherwise. From the ovaries of adult women, researchers have isolated stem cells that are able to spontaneously produce new eggs. They have yet to show that these eggs are capable of producing offspring when fertilized, but if this is proved to be the case, these stem cells could revolutionize the treatment of infertility. More...
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