Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

baleful

Definition:(adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
Synonyms:menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, forbidding
Usage: He sprang on the horse of a Blackfoot warrior whom he had slain, and escaping at full speed, brought home the baleful tidings to his village.
Article of the Day

Cyclo-Cross

Performed on short courses featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles, cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that requires riders to dismount, carry their bikes while maneuvering around obstructions, and remount without losing speed. Some trace the origins of the sport to the early 1900s, when European road racers would race to the next town by cutting through fields, over fences, and taking various other shortcuts. Why did the sport gain popularity in 1910? More...
This Day in History

Mike Tyson Bites Off Part of Evander Holyfield's Ear (1997)

Once a renowned heavyweight boxer, Tyson sought a comeback in 1995 after spending three years in prison following a rape conviction. His first fight with Holyfield in 1996 saw Holyfield, who was in the midst of a comeback of his own, defeat Tyson for the heavyweight title. Their 1997 rematch was temporarily halted when Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear—and permanently stopped when Tyson bit him again on the other ear and was disqualified. What reason did Tyson give for the infamous bite? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexis Carrel (1873)

In 1894, French president Sadi Carnot died because surgeons could not reconnect his severed veins after a stabbing. The incident inspired Carrel, a French surgeon, to develop a suturing technique based on methods used by embroiderers. Known as triangulation, the technique is still used today. Carrel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for his work on sutures and organ transplants. He also developed the artificial heart with what American famous for non-medical work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Custom may lead a man into many errors; but it justifies none.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Today's Holiday

Montreal Jazz Festival (2017)

What has been called the most important cultural event in Canada and the largest jazz festival in the world, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has attracted some of the greatest names in jazz—including Miles Davis, Ray Charles, and Dizzy Gillespie. More than a million people come to the festival, about one-fourth of them from outside Montreal. Montreal's streets are closed for the 11 days of the festival to make room for the outdoor performances, which take place rain or shine, and represent a mix of traditional, modern, and innovative jazz. More...
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