Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

winded

Definition:(adjective) Out of breath, as from strenuous exercise.
Synonyms:pursy, blown
Usage: After crossing the finish line, the winded runner fell to the ground and lay there panting.
Article of the Day

The Leatherman

For more than 30 years in the mid- and late 1800s, a figure known as the Leatherman regularly walked a 365-mile route through Connecticut and New York. He was famous for his handmade suit made entirely of leather, and townspeople would save food for him in anticipation of his arrival every 34 days. He lived in caves, which he heated by building fires. Very little is known about his background. Though he was said to speak French, he communicated mostly by gestures. What name graces his headstone? More...
This Day in History

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease's stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More...
Today's Birthday

Sonja Henie (1912)

Henie began ice skating at the age of eight and won the first of six straight Norwegian figure-skating championships within two years. Starting in 1927, she won the world's figure-skating crown 10 straight years, the European title six times, and the Olympic gold medal three times. She introduced music and dance into free skating, greatly broadening its appeal, and turned professional in 1936, earning millions starring in films and ice shows. Why did many Norwegians consider her a quisling? More...
Quotation of the Day
I have heard men talk of the blessings of freedom, ... but I wish any wise man would teach me what use to make of it now that I have it.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Idiom of the Day

get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2017)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Pay What You Weigh

In November, Samoa Air did away with standard ticket fares and instituted a pay-what-you-weigh system, becoming the world's first airline to do so. The airline industry has for some time debated the merits of such pricing, since larger passengers take up more seat space and cause airplanes to consume more fuel; however, discrimination concerns have thus far deterred major carriers from making the switch. Samoa Air's CEO claims that consumers have been supportive of the new pricing plan, which charges adults up to WS$1.32 ($0.57) per kg for domestic flights and WS$2.40 ($1.03) per kg for international flights to American Samoa. More...
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