Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 01, 2014)
Word of the Day

dodder

Definition:(verb) Walk unsteadily.
Synonyms:coggle, totter
Usage: The two elderly ladies were slowly doddering along, minding their own business, when a bike messenger sped by them on the sidewalk and nearly knocked them over.
Article of the Day

Poodle Hybrids

Designer dogs are dogs that result from the purposeful crossbreeding of two recognized breeds. The aim is to create hybrid offspring that possess positive traits from each of the parent breeds. The Labradoodle, for example, is a cross between the Labrador and the poodle. It was originally bred to combine the temperament of the former with the hypoallergenic coat of the latter. Poodles have also been crossbred with various other breeds. What are some of the amusing names of these poodle hybrids? More...
This Day in History

Yellowstone National Park Established (1872)

Before Ferdinand Hayden's extensive geological exploration of the Yellowstone area in 1871, many doubted the stories of prior European explorers describing a remarkable landscape dotted with geysers and boiling springs. Paintings and photographs from Hayden's expedition helped convince Congress to make Yellowstone the US's first national park, and it now draws millions of visitors each year. Why do park officials refrain from extinguishing wildfires that pose no immediate threat to human life? More...
Today's Birthday

Alton Glenn Miller (1904)

Miller was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. He worked as a freelance musician in New York City before forming his own big band in 1938. It soon became one of swing's most popular groups, known for hits such as "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and led the US Air Force band. In 1944, while flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and Miller was never found. What are the theories about what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children have a natural antipathy to books--handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

hit (something) out of the (ball)park

To do or perform something extraordinarily well; to produce or earn an exceptional achievement. An allusion to hitting a home run in baseball that lands outside the stadium. More...
Today's Holiday

Martenitza (Baba Marta) (2017)

Every year on March 1, people in Bulgaria present each other with martenitzas—two joined tassels of red-and-white woolen thread symbolizing health and happiness. In some regions, women dress completely in red on this day. In northeastern Bulgaria, the lady of the house traditionally tosses a red cloth over a fruit tree, or spreads a red woolen cloth on the fields for fertility. In stock-breeding areas, a red-and-white thread is tied to the cattle. Bulgaria is the only country where this particular fertility custom seems to have survived. More...
In the News

Food Packaging Health Fears—Legitimate or Alarmist?

A group of scientists is calling for an investigation into the health risks of the thousands of chemicals in food packaging, saying little is understood about their effects on the body. They note that the known carcinogen formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of plastic bottles and cutlery and express concerns that it and chemicals like it could be leaching into our food. Critics maintain that the fact that few adverse health effects have thus far been identified suggests that the risks are modest at worst. Further, they note that the quantity of formaldehyde in plastic bottles pales in comparison to the amount that is naturally present in fruits and vegetables. More...
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