Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 09, 2016)
Word of the Day

camarilla

Definition:(noun) A group of confidential, often scheming advisers.
Synonyms:cabal, faction, junto
Usage: The people thought the war was for a righteous cause, but in truth, it was the brainchild of a greedy camarilla that hoped to profit from it.
Article of the Day

The Human Botfly

Also known as the torsalo, the human botfly is the only botfly known to attack humans. Its lifecycle begins when a female torsalo captures a mosquito and deposits her eggs on its body. The mosquito then conveys the eggs to a human host, where they burrow beneath the host's skin and develop. After 8 weeks, the creatures drop out to pupate in the soil. While rare, wound infections can occur if the larvae are killed without being fully removed from the skin. The species is native to what region? More...
This Day in History

Donald Duck Debuts in The Little Wise Hen (1934)

Clad in his signature sailor shirt and cap, the perennially pants-less cartoon character Donald Duck made his debut in Disney's The Wise Little Hen. His comically short temper and distinct voice quickly endeared him to audiences, and he became a regular character in Mickey Mouse cartoons. Donald remains quite popular in Scandinavia, as evidenced by the Christmas Eve tradition of watching a TV special featuring him. What Academy Award-winning 1943 cartoon showed Donald saluting Hitler? More...
Today's Birthday

Cole Porter (1891)

Though pushed by his grandfather to pursue law, Porter studied music at Harvard and in Paris. A gifted composer and witty lyricist, he wrote a dazzling series of successful film scores and Broadway musicals from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate. His most popular songs include "Night and Day" and "Let's Do It." A 1937 accident required him to undergo more than 30 operations, but he continued composing until 1958. Why did he stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
These little grey cells. It is up to them.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

give (someone) an out

To provide someone with an excuse or a means of escaping (from something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2017)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
In the News

Electric Eels Can Jump out of the Water to Attack

New research reveals that electric eels can spring out of the water and administer powerful electric shocks to would-be predators. Electric eels will attack large, partially submerged objects by raising up out of the water and zapping perceived threats ... More...
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