Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

abridgment

Definition:(noun) A shortened version of a written work.
Synonyms:condensation, capsule
Usage: In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.
Article of the Day

Naga Jolokia

Ominously known as the "ghost chili" or "poison chili," the naga jolokia was once the hottest chili pepper in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records in 2007. Originally grown in northeastern India and Bangladesh, the naga jolokia has measured over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale, a system developed to measure the "hotness" or piquancy of chili peppers. In comparison, jalapeño peppers range from 2,500 to 8,000. What pepper has since surpassed it as the world's hottest? More...
This Day in History

Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle, Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus's surface and measuring the planet's gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus's tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan's images reveal about the planet? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri Nestlé (1814)

Born in Germany, Nestlé was the 11th of 14 children—only half of whom survived to adulthood. After apprenticing to a pharmacist in the 1830s, he began to work on an infant food that could serve as a substitute for breast milk for struggling babies. Combining milk, flour, and sugar, he created the first commercial infant formula and founded what is today the largest processed foods company in the world. The Nestlé company logo is derived from the family coat of arms, which includes what image? More...
Quotation of the Day
To live was then in itself a delight, because living implied seeing.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

a knee-slapper

A hilarious joke, especially one that evokes loud and prolonged laughter. More...
Today's Holiday

Baby Parade (2017)

Started in 1901, the Baby Parade that takes place along the boardwalk at the seaside resort of Ocean City on the second Thursday in August each year allows children up to the age of 10 to participate and compete for prizes. The children are reviewed by the judges as they walk or wheel along the boardwalk from Sixth Street to Twelfth Street, and every child who enters receives a sterling silver identification bracelet. Cash prizes are given to the best entry in each division. More than 50,000 spectators are drawn to the Ocean City Baby Parade each year. More...
In the News

Legends Say China Began in a Great Flood. Scientists Just Found Evidence that the Flood Was Real

It's said the flood looked like "endless boiling water," surging across the landscape. A wave as tall as a 30-story building would have crashed over the banks of the Yellow River, demolishing everything in its path. It soaked the streets of ancient ... More...
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