Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

tortuosity

Definition:(noun) The quality or condition of being tortuous; twistedness or crookedness.
Synonyms:crookedness, torsion, contortion
Usage: The old tree was enormous, and they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs.
Article of the Day

Codex Seraphinianus

Written and illustrated by Italian architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini over a 30-month period from 1976 to 1978, Codex Seraphinianus is a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world. Each of the book's 11 chapters uses an incomprehensible alphabetic language and colorful textbook-style illustrations to describe the world's nature and various aspects of life, including its surreal animals, machines, and history. What chapter is thought to be the most abstract and enigmatic? More...
This Day in History

Slovenia National Day (1991)

Following WWI, Slovenia formed a federation with Serbia and Croatia that in 1929 became Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on the same day as Croatia—after elections in 1990 showed that 88 percent of the people wished to secede. Yugoslavia immediately took military action, but the resulting Ten-Day War had few casualties, and the Slovenian victory solidified the new nation's independence. In 2008, Slovenia became the first post-communist country to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Henri (1865)

Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

in the wild

In naturally occurring conditions or environments. More...
Today's Holiday

Idaho Regatta (2017)

This full-throttle event is held on the Snake River at Burley, Idaho. Burley's population of 9,000 is doubled for the regatta, which is a qualifying race for the American Power Boat Association Western Divisional Championship. A hundred speedboats in 11 inboard limited classes compete for a share of $35,000 in cash prizes—and a mink coat. The regatta has been held since the 1970s, and boats are entered from throughout the country. They include seven-liter, hydroplanes, super-stock, pro-stock, KRR flat-bottoms, Comp Jets, and stock hydros. More...
In the News

Even a Small Meal for a Doctor Can Tip the Balance for a Brand-Name Drug

Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don't. A study published online Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found significant ... More...
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