Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

levelheaded

Definition:(adjective) Exercising or showing good judgment.
Synonyms:sound, intelligent, healthy
Usage: While I stood around bawling uselessly, my levelheaded sister calmly called a towing company and then our parents to let them know that the car had broken down.
Article of the Day

Classical Orders

Classical orders are ancient styles of architecture defined by the type of column, base, capital, and entablature used. The Parthenon is a prime example of the Doric order, the earliest and simplest of the five classical orders. The Corinthian order, with its fluted columns topped with leaves and scrolls, is the most ornate. Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius details these forms in his De architectura. The only surviving architectural writing from antiquity, it was rediscovered when? More...
This Day in History

The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)

In 1920, meteorologists did not have modern forecasting equipment, and there was no storm warning system in place in the US. Thus, when an outbreak of storms began near dawn on March 28, 1920, few were prepared for the devastation that followed. Some 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured that day by at least 38 recorded tornadoes in the deep South and the Midwest. Why is it likely that both the total number of tornadoes as well as the actual death toll were underreported? More...
Today's Birthday

Freddie Bartholomew (1924)

Abandoned by his parents as a baby and raised by a British aunt whose last name he took, Bartholomew was a successful child actor in Hollywood during the 1930s. He appeared in such films as Little Lord Fauntleroy, Captains Courageous, and David Copperfield, which propelled him to fame at the age of 10. After he became successful, his biological parents launched a protracted and expensive court battle to regain custody of the child star that lasted for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

not have all day

To be in a rush; to not have much or any time to spare. Usually used in the present tense. More...
Today's Holiday

Nyepi (2017)

The people of Bali in Indonesia celebrate the Vernal Equinox and the New Year by driving the devils out of the villages and then observing a day of stillness, known as Nyepi or Njepi. It is believed that when spring arrives and the rainy season ends, the Lord of Hell, Yama, sweeps the devils out of Hades. The devils then fall on Bali, making it necessary to purify the entire island. The following day, Nyepi, marks the start of the New Year and the arrival of spring. It is observed with the suspension of all activity: no cooking or fires, no sexual intercourse, and no work of any kind are permitted. More...
In the News

Guinea Bans Bat Consumption to Curb Ebola Spread

Guinea is battling its first outbreak of Ebola, a highly contagious virus that kills between 25 and 90 percent of those infected. There is not yet a cure for Ebola or a vaccine that can prevent it, and scientists still do not know precisely how outbreaks begin. They suspect the virus is transmitted to humans via infected animals and believe bats are the most likely culprit. Therefore, the Guinea government has banned the sale and consumption of bats, a local delicacy, in an effort to prevent the further spread of the disease, which has claimed the lives of 62 people in the country's southeast so far. More...
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