Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 04, 2011)
Word of the Day

sprain

Definition:(verb) To injure (a joint) by a sudden twisting or wrenching of its ligaments.
Synonyms:rick, wrench, twist, turn
Usage: I tripped in the pothole and sprained my ankle when I fell down.
Article of the Day

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small New World birds that feed on insects and nectar, for which their long, slender bills are adapted. They have jewel-toned feathers whose prismatic construction iridesces in changing light and are usually seen hovering or darting, at speeds of up to 60 mph (97 km/h), their wings appearing blurred due to the rapidity of their beating. In flight, they have the highest metabolism of all animals but insects and must feed almost constantly to survive. What do they do at night? More...
This Day in History

The 4th of August Regime Established in Greece (1936)

Political instability coupled with economic unrest undermined the Greek government for much of the 1920s and 30s and finally brought parliament to a standstill in 1936. On August 4 of that year, Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas declared a state of emergency, suspended parliament, and made himself dictator—with the blessing of the king. Though his 4th of August Regime suppressed political opposition, it also carried out beneficial economic and social reforms. What brought the regime to an end? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Wallenberg (1912)

In 1944, as Nazi troops rounded up hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary, Wallenberg—a Swedish citizen who had previously worked for a company run by a Hungarian Jew—asked to be posted there as a diplomat. Once there, he worked relentlessly to save tens of thousands of Jews by sheltering them on Swedish property and distributing counterfeit Swedish passports. He was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and his death while in their custody is shrouded in mystery. What might have happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

keep a sharp lookout (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More...
Today's Holiday

'Ksan Celebrations (2017)

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the 'Ksan, or Gitxsan, Indians in a longhouse in the Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the 'Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git 'Ksan, meaning "People of the 'Ksan" (named after the nearby Skeena River). More...
In the News

Earth May Have Once Had Two Moons

A new theory suggests that Earth once had a second, smaller moon that was destroyed in a collision with its larger counterpart. This second moon would have been about 750 miles wide and could have formed from the same collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object that scientists suspect led to the formation of the Moon we know today. A subsequent low-speed collision between the two satellites could explain why the Moon is now asymmetrical, with one relatively flat side and one that is more heavily cratered and mountainous. More...
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