Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 06, 2014)
Word of the Day

delimit

Definition:(verb) Set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something.
Synonyms:demarcate
Usage: This map that my mother drew delimits how far from home I am allowed to wander without an adult.
Article of the Day

Curling

Curling is a precision sport played on ice with heavy polished stones. Two teams of four curlers each play this game, which is most popular in Canada, but is played all over the world. When did curling become an official Winter Olympic sport? More...
This Day in History

Walter Cronkite Signs off CBS Evening News (1981)

During his career as a broadcast journalist, "Uncle Walter," as Cronkite was affectionately known, was identified in public opinion polls as the most trusted man in America. He was managing editor and anchorman of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite for almost 20 years and covered the first televised US presidential election, the 1969 moon landing, and the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. In 1981, he signed off for the last time with what famous phrase? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Francis "Lou" Costello (1906)

Costello was an American comedian who, along with Bud Abbott, formed the comedic duo of Abbott and Costello. From 1931 to 1957, Costello played a bumbling, cheery dimwit alongside Abbott's "straight man" in various stage, radio, and TV routines, the most famous of which was their "Who's on First?" skit. Regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy, the pair starred in movies such as Buck Privates and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Why did the two eventually part ways? More...
Quotation of the Day
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

the honest truth

The sincere, unadulterated truth. More...
Today's Holiday

Alamo Day (2017)

In 1836, a garrison of Texans took a stand against the Mexican Army at a Franciscan mission in San Antonio, named after the grove of cottonwood trees (alamo in Spanish) that surrounded it. Led by William Barret Travis, the band of volunteers was beseiged for 13 days by Mexican soldiers. Travis refused to surrender, and the Alamo was overrun on the morning of March 6. Only women and children survived. The heroic action at the Alamo gave the Texans time to organize the forces necessary to save their independence movement. More...
In the News

Giant, Dormant Virus Revived after 30,000 Years

A virus that for 30,000 years lay dormant in the permafrost of Siberia has been revived by scientists. Called Pithovirus sibericum, it is not only the oldest virus ever revived but also the largest virus ever found, measuring 1.5 micrometers in length. Though this virus poses little threat to humans—it infects amoebas—researchers fear that other long-dormant viruses will be unleashed as the permafrost continues to thaw and the area is mined for resources. More...
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