Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 03, 2016)
Word of the Day

menagerie

Definition:(noun) The facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition.
Synonyms:zoo
Usage: Through the dim smoke-haze the bunks looked like the sleeping dens of animals in a menagerie.
Article of the Day

Amala and Kamala

Amala and Kamala were two so-called "wolf-girls"—feral children allegedly raised by a family of wolves before being found in 1920 near Calcutta, India, at eight and 18 months old, respectively. They were taken in by the rector of a local orphanage, who documented his observations of them in a diary for almost 10 years and claimed that, like wolves, the girls were nocturnal, did not allow themselves to be dressed, and walked on all fours. What other wolfish behaviors did they allegedly display? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so great an instance of ill manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none: if you flatter only one or two, you affront the rest.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hit a brick wall

To come up against an immovable or insurmountable difficulty or obstacle. More...
Today's Holiday

Panama Independence Days (2017)

Panama celebrates two Independence Days: November 28, the anniversary of freedom from Spain, and November 3, the anniversary of independence from Colombia. After gaining independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, Panama joined the Republic of Greater Colombia. For 50 years, Panama struggled for complete autonomy. In 1903, Colombia and Panama disagreed on whether to let the U.S. build a canal at Panama. With U.S. backing, Panama broke away on November 3, 1903, and the canal was built. November 3 is celebrated with parades and fireworks in Panama City. More...
In the News

Using, and Even Just Thinking about Portable Media May Disrupt Kids' Sleep

Children and teens with access to tablets and smartphones at night don't get enough sleep and are sleepier during the day, whether or not they use the devices, according to a new review. The review of 20 previous studies found kids using portable media devices ... More...
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