Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 20, 2011)
Word of the Day

terrify

Definition:(verb) To inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly.
Synonyms:terrorize
Usage: The thought of a slow, painful death terrifies me.
Article of the Day

The Giant Impact Hypothesis

The giant impact hypothesis—the favored scientific hypothesis for the formation of the Moon—proposes that the Moon was created from the debris of a collision between a young Earth and a Mars-sized celestial body. Evidence for the hypothesis includes Moon samples indicating that its surface was once molten, the Moon's apparently relatively small iron core and lower density than that of Earth, and evidence of similar collisions in other solar systems. What evidence is inconsistent with the theory? More...
This Day in History

Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More...
Today's Birthday

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor known for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot and attained what military rank? More...
Quotation of the Day
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

keep (something) straight (in one's mind/head)

To be able to understand something clearly and comprehensively; to keep the details of something clear in one's mind. More...
Today's Holiday

Armed Forces Day (United States) (2017)

Before President President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the major branches of the United States armed forces held celebrations on different days in the year. The purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote their unification under the Department of Defense and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces. In addition to the parade held in New York City, the armed forces often hold "open houses" to acquaint the public with their facilities and the latest technological advances. More...
In the News

E-Books Outselling Printed Books on Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc., has been selling printed books online since 1995 and began selling electronic books in 2007, after launching its Kindle e-book reader. The Kindle has since become the best-selling device designed specifically for reading digital books. Now, less than four years later, Amazon is selling more e-books than printed books. Since April 1, 105 e-books have been sold for every 100 printed books. Free e-books were not included in this comparison, meaning the total number of downloaded books is actually even higher. More...
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