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Definition: (noun) A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
Usage:It was not apparent that the neighboring stalk belonged to the original plant because the rhizome connecting the two was underground. Discuss.

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Jet Li

Jet Li is a Chinese martial artist and action star, one of the few actors from China who have achieved fame outside of Asia. When he was 8, Li's mother sent him to train in wushu, an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. He became an expert and won 15 gold medals in the Chinese championships, earning him fame and leading to a career as an action star. In 2004, Li suffered what injuries when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Maldives? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Construction of Hoover Dam Begins (1930)

Standing 726 ft (221 m) high and 1,244 ft (379 m) long, the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River between the US states of Nevada and Arizona is one of the world's largest dams, impounding Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir. Upon its completion, it was the world's largest electric power producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. In fact, some of the concrete is still curing today, and there is enough concrete in the dam to pave a two-lane highway from New York to where? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Satchel Paige (1906)

Reputed to have won 2,000 of the 2,500 games he pitched during his nearly 30-year career, Paige first made a name for himself playing in the Negro baseball leagues. In 1948, shortly after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's race barrier, the 42-year-old Paige entered the major leagues. In his first season, he helped his team earn a World Series victory. In 1971, he became the first Negro leagues star to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Who called Paige the best pitcher he ever faced? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


Zambia Unity Day

Because Zambia is composed of several different tribal groups, the founders of the country promoted the idea of national unity as a means to keep the young nation from falling apart. Zambia Unity Day was created to help foster solidarity between the diverse groups that make up the country. The slogan "One Zambia, One Nation" is used to signify the goal of the holiday. Remembrance speeches on Unity Day stress that people of varying backgrounds and political beliefs had come together to work for Zambian independence. More... Discuss