Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

debacle

Definition:(noun) A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
Synonyms:fiasco
Usage: The team had had high hopes before the debacle of their final game, in which they did not manage to score any points.
Article of the Day

Hadith

Hadith is the collection of the traditions of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. Hadith consists of two branches, the first concerned with the validation of the individual traditions through the process of examination of its chain of transmitters back to the Prophet, and the second concentrating on the actual content of the traditions as a source of religious authority. What are the differences between the Hadith accepted by Sunni Muslims and that accepted by Shiite Muslims? More...
This Day in History

London Underground Begins Operation (1863)

The world's first subway line opened in London in 1863. It was 3.75 mi (6 km) long and soon carried tens of thousands of passengers each day—transporting 9.5 million in its first year. Initially steam-powered, the system first electrified some of its lines in 1890. By 1896, it was fully electrified. Today, the London Underground system is one of the largest in the world, with 256 miles (410 km) of track and 270 stations. How many passengers did it carry on January 10, 1863? More...
Today's Birthday

George Edward Foreman (1949)

A high school dropout, Foreman learned to box in the Job Corps. He won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1968 and beat Joe Frazier for the world heavyweight crown in 1973. He won all 40 of his professional bouts—many by knockout—before losing to Muhammad Ali in the "Rumble in the Jungle." He retired to be a minister in 1977 but launched a comeback in 1987 and became the world's oldest heavyweight champ in 1994. After naming his first four sons "George," what did Foreman name his fifth son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Once victim, always victim—that's the law!

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

hoist by (one's) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one's own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one's own trap or schemes. (Note: "hoist" in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, "hoise.") More...
Today's Holiday

Benin National Vodoun Day (2017)

Vodoun is an ancient, African, pantheistic religion. When it was brought to the Americas by African slaves, it was blended with elements of Christianity into what is known as "Voodoo." The present African country of Benin, situated on the former kingdom of Dahomey, is known as a center of Vodoun culture. This day is celebrated throughout Benin with processions, Vodoun rituals, dances, and even an international film festival. The celebration's central activity, however, is the re-enactment of the journey from the slave auction block in the center of town to the ships in the harbor. More...
In the News

Seismologists to Study Shakes at Seattle Stadium Today

Scientists from the University of Washington will be closely monitoring today's football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers using earthquake detection equipment to study the effects of the crowd's movement. The seismologists first took notice when Seahawks fans at a 2011 playoff game produced a low magnitude earthquake recorded by a nearby monitoring station. For Saturday's game, the research team has installed instruments in the stands and near the playing field as part of an experiment to develop an earthquake early warning system. More...
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