Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 16, 2015)
Word of the Day

ossify

Definition:(verb) To change into bone; to become set in a rigidly conventional pattern.
Synonyms:rigidify, petrify
Usage: It takes millions of years for organic remains to ossify and turn into fossils.
Article of the Day

Cobalt

Cobalt is a silver-white, lustrous, hard, brittle metal that is chemically active and rarely occurs uncombined in nature. It is, however, often found in meteoric metal. Cobalt compounds have been used for centuries to impart a rich blue color to glass, glazes, and ceramics. The element has been detected in Egyptian sculpture and Persian jewelry from the third millennium BCE. The word cobalt is derived from the German word for "goblin." Why was the element thus named? More...
This Day in History

Junko Tabei Becomes First Woman to Summit Mount Everest (1975)

Tabei founded a climbing club for women in Japan in 1969 and, by 1972, was a recognized mountain climber. When Japanese newspaper and television companies sponsored an all-female expedition to climb Mount Everest, Tabei was one of the 15 women selected to go. In 1975, after months of training and preparation, the 35-year-old mother of two became the first woman to reach Everest's 29,035-foot (8,850-m) summit. What disaster partway up the slope nearly ended the climb? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Jaynes Fonda (1905)

Henry Fonda was an American film actor who started out on Broadway. His role in the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife led to a role in the film version, and more than 100 other films followed. He portrayed honest men in movies such as The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and won an Academy Award in 1982 for his last film, On Golden Pond, made with his daughter, Jane. Married five times, he was also the father of actor Peter Fonda. Whose murder did Fonda witness as a teen? More...
Quotation of the Day
If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

be in with a chance

To have a good chance or high probability of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Brendan's Day (2017)

This is the feast day of St. Brendan, who lived in the sixth century and is one of the most popular Irish saints and is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of his journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan's instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More...
In the News

Denver Zoo Penguins Go "Extinct" For Endangered Species Day

The Denver Zoo is highlighting the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day with a disappearing act by their penguins. On Friday, the zoo's African penguins will “vanish” for two short periods as part of a larger, national effort to ... More...
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