Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

imposture

Definition:(noun) The act or instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity.
Synonyms:impersonation
Usage: I am not Prince Camaralzaman, but a princess like yourself and his wife, and I beg you to listen to my story, then I am sure you will forgive my imposture.
Article of the Day

The 1908 New York to Paris Race

On February 12, 1908, six cars representing four nations—Germany, France, Italy, and the US—embarked on an automobile race from New York City to Paris. The challenge was daunting enough given the newness of the automobile and the unpaved nature—or nonexistence—of many roads, but the months-long journey also had to be re-routed at times due to impassable conditions. Only three cars managed to complete the race. The Germans reached Paris first, but the US team was declared the winner. Why? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Moon Epimetheus Is Discovered (1966)

Epimetheus, a nonspherical body measuring about 89 mi (144 km) by 67 mi (108 km) by 61 mi (98 km), is one of Saturn's 48 confirmed natural satellites. It was discovered in 1966 and photographed in 1980 by the Voyager 1 probe. Epimetheus and another moon, Janus, are co-orbital, meaning that they share nearly the same orbit. About every fourth year, the lower, faster satellite overtakes the other and is boosted into the higher orbit. After what mythological figure is Epimetheus named? More...
Today's Birthday

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1886)

Cobb was one of the greatest offensive players and perhaps the fiercest competitor in baseball history. During his 24-year career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, he set records that would stand for decades, including 892 stolen bases—a feat partly attributed to the brutality with which he used his cleats. Cobb provoked controversy on and off the field but was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936. Which of his records remain unbroken? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's nothing like a debate to teach one quickness.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

have a gas

To have a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and/or amusing time. More...
Today's Holiday

Niger Republic Day (2016)

On August 3, 1960, Niger gained full independence from France, after having been a colony since 1922. Niger had voted to become a republic on December 18, 1958. August 3 is a national holiday celebrating Independence Day, while December 18 is Republic Day. More...
In the News

US FCC Reviewing In-Flight Phone Ban

Many countries have long prohibited in-flight mobile phone use due to the risk of interference with aircraft navigation and communication systems. However, in recent years, technological advances have largely eliminated this danger. As such, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering revoking its outdated ban. Not everyone is happy about this. Consumers and members of the airline industry alike have expressed fears that allowing people to gab away on their phones during flights will make air travel unbearable. As a result, the US Department of Transportation is mulling a ban of its own, which could restrict in-flight cell phone use to texting and web browsing. More...
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