Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 20, 2013)
Word of the Day

happenstance

Definition:(noun) A chance circumstance.
Synonyms:coincidence
Usage: Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person.
Article of the Day

Megapodes

Megapodes are large-footed, chicken-like birds found in Australia and New Guinea. Rather than brood their eggs, females bury them in massive nest-mounds of decaying vegetation that males then tend. Megapode chicks are superprecocial, meaning they hatch in a very mature state that includes having open eyes, feathers, and, in some species, the ability to fly. They typically hatch unattended and therefore do not undergo imprinting. How then do they come to recognize other members of their species? More...
This Day in History

Cease-Fire Declared in Iran-Iraq War (1988)

On September 22, 1980, Iraqi forces invaded Iran, which was still struggling in the aftermath of its revolution. The resulting war—ostensibly a territorial dispute—turned into a bloody stalemate that saw the first widespread use of chemical warfare since World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the conflict. After nearly eight years, the United Nations mandated a cease-fire. Both sides held thousands of prisoners of war for years. When were the last prisoners exchanged? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Harrison (1833)

The grandson of a US president, Harrison practiced law in Indiana before leading a volunteer regiment in the Civil War. He made two unsuccessful bids for the Indiana governorship before gaining a seat in the US Senate. In the 1888 presidential election, he defeated incumbent US President Grover Cleveland, though Cleveland won the popular vote. His association with unpopular tariffs cost him an 1892 re-election and brought Cleveland back. Why did his children refuse to attend his second wedding? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are as liable to be corrupted by our books as by our companions.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. More...
Today's Holiday

Down Home Family Reunion (2017)

Introduced in 1992, the Down Home Family Reunion is an annual celebration of west African folk life held in Abner Clay Park in Richmond, Virginia. The reunion offers music and dance performances, storytelling presentations, traditional foods, a heritage marketplace, and children's activities. With many hands-on and interactive exhibits, the festival showcases the strong influence of west African culture on life in the American South. Saturday's activities are free and emphasize family participation in craft demonstrations and a variety of cultural exhibits. More...
In the News

CIA Acknowledges Area 51's Existence, Makes No Mention of Aliens

Conspiracy theorists and ufologists rejoice! The CIA has acknowledged the existence of Area 51, the top-secret US military site long rumored to be at the center of an elaborate government scheme to hide evidence of extraterrestrial life. Recently declassified documents unquestionably confirm that the base exists and even specify where in southern Nevada it is located, but they stop short of mentioning any alien encounters. They do, however, discuss the secret aircraft development programs that were carried out there and the fact that experimental crafts were occasionally mistaken for UFOs. Do you buy this explanation? More...
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