Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 27, 2014)
Word of the Day

exhilarate

Definition:(verb) Fill with sublime emotion.
Synonyms:beatify, inebriate, tickle pink, exalt, thrill
Usage: The beauty of the art exhibit exhilarated me so much that I could not wait to get home and paint.
Article of the Day

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

In 1173, construction began on the final building of the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy. The bell tower was designed to stand 185 feet (56 m) tall, but uneven settling of its foundation caused its 5.5-degree lean. Work was suspended several times, but the structure was still leaning upon completion in the 14th century. The tower's tilt only worsened over time, prompting a recent strengthening project to prevent collapse. How did the tower narrowly escape destruction during World War II? More...
This Day in History

Good Friday Earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska (1964)

With a magnitude of 9.2, the earthquake that struck east of Anchorage at rush hour on Good Friday 1964 was one of the strongest ever recorded. About 130 people died, most in the subsequent tsunami, and much of downtown Anchorage was destroyed. The quake's effects were felt around the world—boats were sunk as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. Within a day, 11 aftershocks measuring 6.0 or higher were reported. In the months after, residents endured thousands of smaller ones. How long did they last? More...
Today's Birthday

Nathaniel Currier (1813)

Before photojournalism rendered illustrations of the news obsolete, Currier printed more than 7,000 lithographs—prints made using a stone block etched with grease to reproduce drawings—that greatly increased the public demand for graphic images. With his partner James Ives, he established outlets across the country, selling high-quality prints of disasters, landscapes, satirical subjects, and domestic scenes. Ives was neither a lithographer nor an artist, so why did Currier make him his partner? More...
Quotation of the Day
Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored...

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

let me tell you

Used to emphasize a statement. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuhio Day (2017)

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1921) was a young man when the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893. He was elected as the first delegate to represent the Territory of Hawaii in the U.S. Congress in 1903. He was reelected and served 10 consecutive terms until his death in 1921. His birthday is commemorated on the island of Kauai, where he was born, with a week-long Prince Kuhio Festival during the latter part of March. The festival features such traditional Hawaiian events as outrigger canoe races, hula dancing, and performances of Hawaiian music. More...
In the News

Think Twice before Doping

Doping scandals have become almost commonplace in the sports world of late. Numerous athletes have had their reputations tarnished, and in some cases their careers ended, after being caught using performance-enhancing drugs. But many more may be using and getting away with it due to the limitations of current testing methods. Researchers hope that a new screening test that is 1,000 times more sensitive than current ones will turn the tide and help them put a stop to the doping trend once and for all. More...
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