Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 6, 2011)
Word of the Day

misapply

Definition:(verb) Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.
Synonyms:misuse
Usage: Thus they misapply the sacred writings to defend practices yet more corrupt than those I have been speaking of.
Article of the Day

Mottainai

When Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai visited Japan in 2005, she encountered a word that has no direct English translation: mottainai. Although the meaning of term has evolved throughout Japanese history, it is used today to indicate a sense of regret over the waste of anything useful. Maathai has since promoted the use of the word to raise awareness about conservation issues. What English expression is closest in meaning to that of mottainai? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

keep in step with the times

To be, strive to be, or appear to be contemporary, fashionable, and/or relevant in modern times. More...
Today's Holiday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (2017)

This ceremony has been held each year since 1947 at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb that devastated the city in 1945. On August 15, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. The peace ceremony is held in the evening, when the city's citizens set thousands of lanterns adrift on the Ota River and prayers are offered for world peace. Memorial services are also held throughout the world. More...
In the News

Vampire Bats Have Heat Sensors to Detect Blood

The vampire bat feeds exclusively on the blood of living animals and is the only known parasitic mammal. It is thought to locate its prey by listening for its breathing. It then climbs onto its prey, uses its sharp incisor teeth to make an incision in the skin, and laps up the flowing blood. Scientists now believe that heat-sensitive facial nerves help Desmodus rotundus, the Common Vampire Bat, locate where veins come closest to the skin so that it may feed more efficiently. This sort of evolutionary adaptation had previously been observed only in certain snake species. More...
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