Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

equanimity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being calm and even-tempered.
Synonyms:calmness, composure
Usage: Because she was prepared for the news, she was able to respond with equanimity.
Article of the Day

Shalimar Gardens

The reign of Emperor Shah Jahan in India saw the construction of the finest monuments of Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal and the Shalimar Gardens. The gardens were completed in Lahore, in what is now Pakistan, in 1642. Only three sections remain of the original seven, which symbolized the divisions of the Islamic paradise. The three descending terraces are elevated about 15 feet (5 m) above one another and are laid out in a parallelogram. How many fountains are in the gardens? More...
This Day in History

NASA's Mars Polar Lander Launched (1999)

The distance from Earth to Mars fluctuates between approximately 35 million mi (56 million km) and 63 million mi (101 million km). In 1999, NASA's Mars Polar Lander, on a mission to analyze soil samples, made the long journey to the Red Planet only to fail to re-establish communications following its entry into Mars's atmosphere. After the lander was declared lost, an investigation determined that it likely crashed onto the Martian surface. How long did it take the lander to reach Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793)

Mott was an American social reformer and women's rights advocate. She attended a Quaker boarding school near Poughkeepsie, New York, where she later taught, and became an official Quaker minister in 1821. She was active in the antislavery campaign and lectured widely on social reform. In 1848, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the US women's suffrage movement. On what issue was Mott's stance at odds with that of the mainstream women's movement? More...
Quotation of the Day
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a hill of beans

Something of little or no importance, value, or worth. More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2017)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
In the News

Fish Filmed at Record Depth

Researchers exploring the depths of the Mariana Trench recently set the record for deepest fish ever filmed—and then broke the record during the same study. The two newly discovered species of snailfish were filmed by a team from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland using several remotely controlled submersibles. The second fish was filmed more than five miles below the surface—a depth of 8,145 meters. Researchers say the fish is very fragile and does not like look like any known species. More...
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