Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 19, 2013)
Word of the Day

lummox

Definition:(noun) A clumsy or stupid person.
Synonyms:gawk, goon, lout, lubber, oaf, stumblebum, clod, lump
Usage: The beefy lummox blundered through the buffet line, knocking aside countless other patrons in his rush to fill his plate.
Article of the Day

Paternosters

A paternoster is a passenger elevator that consists of a series of doorless compartments suspended on loop of slow-moving chain that continuously advances. Passengers must step on and off the elevator while it is in motion. Introduced in 1884 as the "Cyclic Elevator," it became popular in Europe but eventually fell out of favor due to serious safety concerns. Paternoster is Latin for "our father," another name for the Lord's Prayer. Why are paternosters named after a Christian prayer? More...
This Day in History

Leonard Bernstein Conducts His Final Concert (1990)

Less than two months before he died, Bernstein, a highly regarded American composer and conductor, conducted what would be his final concert. He had suffered from smoking-related lung problems for years, and his coughing fit partway through the Boston Symphony appearance that night nearly ended the performance. With his health declining, he officially retired in early October, and he died just five days later. What feat in 1943 made him an overnight sensation and set his career in motion? More...
Today's Birthday

Orville Wright (1871)

Born and raised in Ohio, Orville was four years younger than his brother Wilbur. They were in the bicycle business when they began the aeronautic experiments that led to the first controlled, powered airplane flight in 1903. Wilbur died in 1912, and Orville sold his interest in their company three years later. He later served for 28 years on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA, before his death in 1948. What toy sparked Orville's interest in flying as a boy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

know full well

To know or be aware of something without any possible doubt. More...
Today's Holiday

Woodward Dream Cruise (2017)

Since 1995, the one-day Woodward Dream Cruise has featured a parade of cars driving down a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue in the suburbs just north of Detroit, Michigan. Owners of antique cars, muscle cars, custom cars, street rods, and special interest cars participate. More than 40,000 classic cars travel the route from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Dream Cruise has developed into a multi-community street festival, with entertainment stages, food and merchandise vendors, parades, and automotive displays. More...
In the News

Cancer Detecting Dogs Sniffing Out Ovarian Cancer

Dogs' sensitive noses have long been used to track down missing people and sniff out bombs. In recent years, researchers have found a new way for man's best friend to live up to its designation—by detecting cancer. Dogs have been found capable of detecting bladder cancer as well as lung cancer, and now researchers are hoping the same will hold true for ovarian cancer. If it does, it will help scientists isolate the chemical marker that indicates the presence of the disease and develop an electronic sensor to detect it, hopefully leading to earlier diagnoses and increased survival rates. More...
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