Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 08, 2012)
Word of the Day

fishgig

Definition:(noun) An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish.
Synonyms:lance, spear
Usage: I gently slid the salmon off my fishgig and passed it to my son, who placed it with the rest of the day's catch.
Article of the Day

Hungry Enough to Eat an Elephant (or Two)

Castor and Pollux were two elephants, possibly siblings, who were killed and eaten by the besieged citizens of Paris in 1870. During the course of the Franco-Prussian war, German forces surrounded Paris and cut off its supply lines. Food stores dwindled, and within months, most of city's horses, dog, and cats had been consumed. In desperation, butchers turned to the city’s zoos. The antelopes, camels, yaks, and zebras went first. Finally, it was the elephants’ turn. How did they taste? More...
This Day in History

Downed US Air Force Pilot Rescued in Bosnia (1995)

On June 2, 1995, US Air Force pilot Scott O'Grady was enforcing a NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia when his F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and, for the next six days, survived in the wilderness by eating leaves and ants. During that time, he avoided capture by Serb patrols and made contact with US forces. The Marines then mounted a daring rescue and brought him home. The 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines is loosely based on O'Grady's ordeal. Why did he sue the filmmakers? More...
Today's Birthday

Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916)

While working in a research lab at Cambridge after WWII, Crick helped discover the molecular structure of DNA. It was one of the most important scientific findings of the century, and he shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work. He also clarified how cells use DNA to build proteins. During WWII, he was deflected from his original course of research after a bomb hit his lab. Crick later said he had been studying "the dullest problem imaginable" at the time. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

have a yen for (something)

To have a very strong and persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Carillon Festival (2017)

The International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, attracts carillonneurs from France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as from the United States. The centerpiece of the festival is the Rees Memorial Carillon. The festival, instituted in 1962, features the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and other compositions arranged for the carillon. The performances take place in Springfield's Washington Park, where listeners can sit the recommended 300 or more feet away. More...
In the News

Kim Jong-un Delivers Speech to Schoolchildren

In his second public speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addressed his nation's schoolchildren, approximately 20,000 of whom were transported to the capital, Pyongyang, to hear him speak Wednesday. The new leader made his first speech in April during the 100th anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, North Korean founder Kim Il-sung. It has been suggested that Kim Jong-un is crafting a persona similar to that of his grandfather. In contrast, his father, Kim Jong-il, is thought to have made only one speech during his reign, which ended with his death last December. Kim Jong-un urged the students to study hard so they can make contributions to their country. More...
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