Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

emporium

Definition:(noun) A large retail store or place of business.
Synonyms:department store
Usage: The furniture emporium was packed with couches, but Sarah couldn't find a single one she liked.
Article of the Day

Rhinoplasty, an Ancient Art?

Commonly called a "nose job," rhinoplasty is surgery performed to improve either the function or appearance of a person's nose. Sushruta, an Indian physician, developed rhinoplasty around 500 BCE. It was a necessary procedure at the time, because nose amputation was used as a punishment for certain crimes. Some of the techniques Sushruta developed are still in use today. In 1887, the first intranasal rhinoplasty was performed in the West. In modern rhinoplasty, what does the acronym SIMON mean? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522)

After earning a degree in medicine, Aldrovandi took up botany and zoology, amassing a spectacular cabinet of curiosities containing thousands of specimens. He is said to have been the first to use the word "geology" in its modern sense. Carolus Linnaeus, the botanist who laid the groundwork for the modern system of naming species, hailed Aldrovandi as the father of natural history. Aldrovandi also founded Bologna's public botanical garden and was its first curator. Why was he arrested in 1549? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Today's Holiday

National Bilby Day (2016)

Bilbies are nocturnal marsupials in Australia. The animal is not well known compared to the other iconic animals of Australia, a fact that conservationists hope to rectify by raising awareness on National Bilby Day. The event takes place in Charleville, west of Brisbane, where the bilbies are part of a captive breeding program. On Bilby Day, booths sell bilby stuffed animals and offer face-painting and bilby ears to dress children up like the beloved critters. Wildlife experts are on hand to give talks on the current status of bilbies and other endangered species. More...
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