Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 07, 2017)
Word of the Day

abyssal

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to the great depths of the oceans.
Synonyms:abysmal, unfathomable
Usage: The crew was put on full alert as the submarine reached the abyssal depths of the ocean.
Article of the Day

Fire Balloons

During World War II, Japan attempted to attack the US mainland by floating hydrogen-filled balloons equipped with incendiary devices across the Pacific Ocean. In 1944 and 1945, the Japanese launched over 9,000 of the weapons, which were designed to kill, destroy property, and start fires. Although, at the request of the US government, fire balloon incidents were not reported by the press at the time, about 300 such bombs are known to have reached N America. Of these, how many caused casualties? More...
This Day in History

Most Lopsided College Football Game in US History (1916)

In 1916, Tennessee's tiny Cumberland University canceled its football program, disbanding its team. Nevertheless, Georgia Tech's football coach, John Heisman, threatened the school with a $3,000 fine—a large sum of money at the time—if its team failed to show up to their scheduled game. Cumberland was forced to recruit new players to face Georgia Tech, and the trouncing they received is said to have been revenge for a baseball game in which Cumberland allegedly cheated. What was the final score? More...
Today's Birthday

Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, AKA Joe Hill (1879)

A Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter in the early 1900s, Hill penned songs such as "The Preacher and the Slave," in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky." In 1915, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence of killing a grocer and his son. To the labor movement, Hill's execution made him a martyr. Because he did not want to be buried in Utah, his ashes were shipped to supporters around the world. What intriguing evidence, found in his coat, seemed to support his innocence? More...
Quotation of the Day
We have no right to distress any of God's creatures without a very good reason.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

have a light heart

To have a carefree, uplifted attitude; to be in a happy or gladdened state or condition. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Cowboys Parade (2017)

A salute to the black cowboys who helped settle the West has been held since 1975 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of mounted cowboys and marching bands participate in the parade, the only one of its kind in the nation. There are also arts and crafts exhibits and food booths. More...
In the News

Aging robot arm gets spacewalk surgery

Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station early Thursday to carry out what amounts to hand transplant surgery on the lab's Canadian-built robot arm, removing a crippled grapple fixture on one end of the arm and replacing it with ... More...
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