Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: 252 million years ago, the Siberian Traps, erupted and lasted less than 1 million years but left behind Earth’s biggest “large igneous province,” a pile of lava and other volcanic rocks about 720,000 cubic miles (3 million cubic kilometers) in volume.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 239 B.C.E.: 1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.
 
On this Day in History in 1964: “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
 
On this Day in History in 1867: US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly).

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Nescience
 
Pronunciation: \ˈne-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈnē-, -sē-ənt\
 
Definition: (noun, adj)
 
1) lack of knowledge; ignorance.
2) agnosticism.
 
Etymology: Late Middle English: from Latin nescient- ‘not knowing’, from the verb nescire, from ne- ‘not’ + scire ‘know’.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Puce
 
Pronunciation: /pyoos/
 
Definition: (noun, adj)
 
1) a dark red or brownish purple color.
2) of a dark or brownish purple.
 
Etymology: late 18th century: from French, literally ‘flea(-color),’ from Latin pulex, pulic- .