Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 29, 2011)
Word of the Day

splendiferous

Definition:(adjective) Having great beauty and splendor.
Synonyms:resplendent, splendid, glorious
Usage: For our 10th anniversary, we went to the most expensive restaurant in the city and had a truly splendiferous meal.
Article of the Day

The He Shi Bi

The He Shi Bi is a piece of jade that features prominently in Chinese history. According to legend, a man named Bian He found a large stone that he believed contained jade in the hills of Chu. He presented it to the king and later to his successor, but they disbelieved the man’s claims and had his legs cut off as punishment. Finally, he presented it to a third king, who recognized the stone’s potential and had it sculpted into an incomparable disk of jade. What was the disk made into in 221 BCE? More...
This Day in History

Discovery of Dwarf Planet Eris Is Announced (2005)

Though Eris was first photographed in 2003, scientists working at the Palomar Observatory did not realize that they had captured pictures of a previously unknown planet until re-analyzing the images in 2005. That year, news of the newly discovered planet was announced. Slightly larger than Pluto, the icy dwarf planet has its own moon, Dysnomia, and is one of the most distant objects in the solar system. Before its official naming in 2006, it was popularly known by the name of what TV character? More...
Today's Birthday

Ken Burns (1953)

Burns is an acclaimed American director and producer of lengthy historical documentaries. Known for his extensive use of archival footage and photographs, he is considered one of the most influential documentarians in the US. His films have been among public television's most-watched programs, and include The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, and The National Parks. The Civil War is considered to be his masterpiece. What is the "Ken Burns Effect"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Backbite, v.t.: To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

junkyard dog

An especially nasty, vicious, or savage person or animal (especially a dog). Of a person, often used in the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog." More...
Today's Holiday

Ghanafest (2017)

Ghanafest is a one-day, annual event held on the last Saturday of July and sponsored by the Ghana Club of Chicago and other associations representing Ghanians in the Chicago area. The festival celebrates the history and culture of the west African nation and recognizes the bond of unity between Ghana and the United States. The festival includes a Ghanian Durbar, or gathering of the royal court. Entertainers from Ghana perform in a variety of musical styles, and marketplace vendors offer wares ranging from textiles, fine art, and jewelry to foods, including fried fish, Jollof-rice, and okro-soup. More...
In the News

"Dead" Man Wakes Up in Morgue Freezer

When mortuary employees in a rural South African village first heard screaming coming from the morgue freezer, they fled in fear, thinking it was a ghost. They eventually returned and discovered a 50-year-old man alive and well, though a bit dehydrated, locked inside the refrigerated compartment. He had apparently suffered an asthma attack the day before that rendered him unconscious. Family members, presuming he had died, called a local undertaker, who, finding no pulse or heartbeat, placed him in the freezer. Health officials say the incident highlights the importance of contacting a trained healthcare worker to check for signs of life before pronouncing a person dead. More...
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