Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

rejoinder

Definition:(noun) A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one).
Synonyms:riposte, comeback, retort, replication, counter, return
Usage: Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.
Article of the Day

Zero

Despite being the last digit to come into use in the numerical system, the zero plays a central role in mathematics. During the 2nd century CE, Ptolemy began using a small circle with a long bar above it to symbolize zero. Because it was used alone, not just as a placeholder, this Hellenistic zero was perhaps the first documented use of a number zero in the Old World. Four centuries later, an Indian mathematician wrote a book of rules governing the use of the zero. Is zero an odd or even number? More...
This Day in History

United Negro College Fund Established (1944)

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. What was done to censor Appel's controversial fresco in Amsterdam City Hall? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

in one blow

All at once, with a single decisive or powerful action. More...
Today's Holiday

Feria de San Marcos (Fair of St. Mark) (2017)

The Fair of St. Mark, which is held annually for nearly a month in Aguascalientes, dates back to the early 17th century and remains one of Mexico's most famous fiestas. It is primarily a showcase for the country's more than 200 forms of ritual and folk dance, each of which has its own meaning, mythology, history, and pageantry. There are also commercial and art exhibits, cockfights, bullfights, sports competitions, parades, and a battle of flowers. More...
In the News

New Monkey Fossils Suggest the Primates Made a Wild Migration across the Sea

Ancient primates may have traveled from South America to North America about 21 million years ago — back when the continents were separated by 100 miles of water. The swashbuckling monkeys are reported in a study published Wednesday in Nature magazine. "We ... More...
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