Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 01, 2011)
Word of the Day

bobbin

Definition:(noun) A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound.
Synonyms:spool, reel
Usage: Please thread the bobbin so that I can mend your shirt.
Article of the Day

Amphisbaena

The amphisbaena appears in Greek and Roman mythology as a scaled or feathered poisonous serpent with a head at each end of its body, thus enabling it to move either backward or forward with ease. Its name is, in fact, derived from the Greek words amphis, meaning "both ways," and bainein, "to go." Ever vigilant, the monster never allows both of its heads to sleep at the same time. According to myth, the amphisbaena was formed from the blood of what dreaded mythological figure? More...
This Day in History

Edwin Hubble Announces Existence of Other Galaxies (1925)

Edwin Hubble worked as a basketball coach and teacher, served in World War I, and studied law before focusing his energies on astronomy. On January 1, 1925, he made a groundbreaking announcement, declaring that fuzzy "nebulae" seen earlier with less powerful telescopes were not part of our galaxy but were actually galaxies themselves. With the findings now known as Hubble's law, he was also the first to provide evidence to support what theory about the universe? More...
Today's Birthday

Betsy Ross (1752)

According to legend, Ross was visited in 1776 by George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband's uncle, George Ross, and asked to make a flag for the new nation based on a sketch by Washington. Although Ross made flags during the American Revolution and was the official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy, the long-accepted story that she designed and made the first US flag—the Stars and Stripes—is generally discredited. Who first publicized the story of Ross making the flag? More...
Quotation of the Day
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Today's Holiday

Oshogatsu (2016)

This is the "festival of festivals" in Japan, and it is celebrated for several days. Government offices, banks, museums and most businesses are closed from New Year's Day, a national holiday, through January 3. For weeks before New Year's, people clean house and purchase new clothes for the children. On New Year's Day, it's customary to pray at the household altar and to eat special foods, such as small, round, gooey rice cakes called mochi. Herring roe is eaten for fertility, black beans for health, dried chestnuts for success, and porgy and prawns are omens of happiness. More...
In the News

Asthmatic Kids May Lag in Reading Achievement

Young children with asthma may lag behind their peers in developing reading skills early in their formal education. About half of the asthmatic children participating in a recent study were at least six months behind their peers in reading achievement by the end of their first year in school. In comparison, just over a third of the non-asthmatic participants were having similar problems. It is possible that because much of children's early experience with reading involves reading aloud and because kids with asthma may struggle to control their breathing while doing so, the disorder interferes with children's ability to develop their reading skills. More...
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