Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

ebullient

Definition:(adjective) Zestfully enthusiastic.
Synonyms:exuberant, high-spirited
Usage: His ebullient spirits were always on tap on the slightest provocation, and, as he was afterwards to demonstrate, he could weary a puppy with play.
Article of the Day

Hammurabi

The sixth king of Babylonia, Hammurabi founded an empire that was eventually destroyed by raids from Asia Minor. He is best remembered for his code of laws, which addresses issues like business and family relations, labor, private property, and personal injuries. Though generally humanitarian, Hammurabi's Code relies on the retributive "eye for an eye" theory of punishment. A nearly complete version of the code, carved on a diorite column, was recovered in 1902. Where can you visit it today? More...
This Day in History

Lowest Temperature in History Recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica (1983)

Located near the magnetic South Pole, Russia's Vostok Research Station in Antarctica experiences three straight months of polar night every year from April to August, a period during which the Sun does not rise. In 1983, in the dead of southern winter and polar night, Vostok experienced the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, a chilling -128.56 degrees F (-89.2 degrees C). December 1989 was the warmest month ever recorded at Vostok. On average, how warm was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Isaac Stern (1920)

Born in Ukraine, Stern came to the US as an infant and began studying violin as a child. He made his New York debut at 17 and toured extensively after World War II. A cultural ambassador, he performed in the Soviet Union and China as one of the world's top violin virtuosos. In 1960, he formed a famous trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose. Stern helped establish the National Endowment for the Arts and is noted for having saved what landmark institution from demolition? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children are all foreigners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

Johnny One-Note

Someone who repeatedly expresses or maintains a strong opinion on a single or a few particular subjects. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Hemingway Days Festival (2017)

This week-long celebration of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), the American novelist and short-story writer, is held in Key West, Florida. The festival has been held since 1980 during the week of Hemingway's birthday, July 21. Hemingway made his home in Key West at one time, and his novel, To Have and Have Not (1937), is set there. Events include a street fair, a Hemingway look-alike contest, a fishing tournament, an arm-wrestling competition, and a party and concert at the Hemingway Home and Museum. More...
In the News

Mishandling of Deadly Germs Not One-Time Error

The recent anthrax scare at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was not the first instance in which deadly germs were mishandled by the agency. In fact, there have been five such incidents in the last decade, with two occurring this year alone. This past May, a sample of the avian flu virus was cross-contaminated with a highly pathogenic version of the virus and then sent to another lab. And the CDC is not the only US agency guilty of these sorts of slip-ups. US officials recently revealed that long-forgotten samples of the live smallpox virus were found in a cardboard box in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory. More...
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