Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 7, 2011)
Word of the Day

mislay

Definition:(verb) Place (something) where one cannot find it again.
Synonyms:misplace, lose
Usage: I seem to have mislaid my wallet; can you put this on my tab?
Article of the Day

Nereus

Nereus is a remotely operated underwater vehicle built by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was designed to operate at depths of up to 36,000 feet (11,000 m), primarily so that it could explore the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, which itself is the deepest known depression on the surface of the Earth. The craft reached the bottom of Challenger Deep in May 2009, having descended approximately 6.8 miles (11 km). After what mythological figure was Nereus named? More...
This Day in History

Federal Emergency Declared at Love Canal in New York (1978)

In the 1940s and 50s, an abandoned canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became a dumping ground for chemical waste. It was later filled in, and after the land was given to the city of Niagara Falls by the chemical company, houses and an elementary school were built there. By the late 1970s, toxic chemicals had risen to the surface, and residents were found to have a high incidence of chromosome damage. A federal emergency was declared in 1978, and residents were evacuated. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Nolde (1867)

Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Farmers Day (2017)

Farmers Day celebrates the country of Zambia's agricultural sector, praises their efforts in providing crops to feed the country, and gives them a day to relax from their labors. Governmental officials normally give speeches outlining the advances in the harvest of crops, particularly maize. But average citizens enjoy a variety of sporting events that are held on the Farmers Day weekend, including soccer championships. More...
In the News

Crested Rat Uses Tree Toxin to Fend off Predators

The only animal known to utilize a deadly external poison, the African crested rat, Lophiomys imhausi, was captured on video gnawing the toxic bark of the Acokanthera schimperi tree and then coating its spiky flank hairs with saliva tinged with the toxin ouabain. These hairs have a unique structure that draws up the poison and ensures that they remain saturated. Rather than flee when facing a predator, the slow-moving rat exposes this bold, black-and-white-striped tract of hairs, inviting its attacker to bite its most poison-laden part. More...
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