Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 9, 2011)
Word of the Day

entomb

Definition:(verb) Place in a grave or tomb.
Synonyms:inhume, inter, lay to rest, bury
Usage: He was entombed here in this crypt alongside his predecessors.
Article of the Day

Tidal Bores

A tidal bore is an inrush of water with a wavelike front that advances up a river or narrow bay, against the current, with considerable force and velocity. It is caused by the progress of an incoming tide from a wide-mouthed bay into its narrower portion and occurs in relatively few places in the world. The largest, China's Qiantang River bore, can reach 30 ft (9 m) in height and travel as fast as 25 mph (40 km/h). Although dangerous, bores are sought out by athletes who engage in what sport? More...
This Day in History

The American Civil War Ends at Appomattox Court House (1865)

The first major engagement of the US Civil War was the First Battle of Bull Run, fought in 1861 partly on the farm of Wilmer McLean in Manassas, Virginia. A few years later, McLean moved to Appomattox Court House, a town which, coincidentally, would soon be the site of the war's effective end. It was there that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in McLean's parlor. Why did Grant stop Union troops when they began to celebrate the victory? More...
Today's Birthday

Eadweard J. Muybridge (1830)

Muybridge was an eccentric photographic innovator who left a vast and varied body of work. He is best known for his pioneering use of multiple still cameras to photograph the stages of motion. Hired by Leland Stanford to answer the question of whether there is a moment during a horse's stride when all four of its hooves are off the ground, he developed a special shutter for his cameras and a method for triggering them sequentially. Why was he acquitted of murdering his wife's lover? More...
Quotation of the Day
We must eat to live and live to eat.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

ice maiden

pejorative A coolly composed, unemotional woman; a woman without affection or warmth of feeling. More...
Today's Holiday

Semana Santa (Guatemala) (2017)

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is without doubt the biggest occasion of the year in Antigua, the old colonial capital of Guatemala, and one of the largest Easter celebrations in the New World. Thousands of tourists and believers come to the city to witness this massive display of religious theater. The entire Passion play, beginning with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ending with his Resurrection on Easter, is reenacted in the streets of Antigua—complete with armor-clad Roman soldiers on horseback, who charge through the town early on Good Friday looking for Jesus. More...
In the News

More Babies Developing Flat Heads

Since the early 1990s, when campaigns encouraging parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) began gaining momentum, the rate of flattened head, or plagiocephaly, has risen significantly. In Texas, the rate increased ninefold between 1999 and 2007, and a similar trend has been seen in the UK. Although the condition is generally harmless and is merely a cosmetic issue, it can be distressing to parents. More...
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