Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

nursemaid

Definition:(noun) A woman who is the custodian of children.
Synonyms:nanny
Usage: The parks were full of children and nursemaids and joyful dogs that leaped and yelped and scratched up the brown earth with their paws.
Article of the Day

Superfluid

With the lowest melting and boiling points of any known substance, helium—alone among the elements—will not solidify even as its temperature approaches absolute zero. Instead, it takes on extremely unusual physical properties, as physicists discovered in 1937. It becomes a superfluid. With zero entropy, zero viscosity, and extremely high thermal conductivity, superfluid helium can overcome friction to climb out of an open jar. What does superfluid helium do if placed in a rotating container? More...
This Day in History

Death of Last Native Speaker Leads to Extinction of Eyak Language (2008)

Eyak is an extinct language that was spoken in Alaska, near the mouth of the Copper River. Marie Smith Jones, the language's last native speaker, as well as the last full-blooded Eyak, died in 2008 at the age of 89. Before her death, she worked with experts to compile a dictionary that would allow future generations to revive the language. With no native speakers left in the world, Eyak became a symbol in the effort against language extinction. Which languages are the closest relatives to Eyak? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Wallenda (1905)

Wallenda was a German-born US circus acrobat and founder and leader of the acrobatic troupe that came to be known as the Flying Wallendas. The group gained notoriety in Europe for its high-wire acts without a safety net before developing its most famous act—the seven-person pyramid, topped by Wallenda's wife, Helen. The troupe traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later performed as freelancers. Wallenda continued performing until age 73. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

800-pound gorilla

A person, group, or organization so powerful (either by size or by influence) that it does not need to heed the rules or threats of others. It refers to the riddle "Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?" (Answer: "Wherever it likes.") Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Barrow Day (2016)

This national public holiday honors Barbados' first prime minister. Errol Barrow was born in 1920, earned a law degree in England, then returned to Barbados, where he became finance minister in 1959 and prime minister in 1961. He was reelected in 1966 and, soon after, Barbados gained independence from Great Britain. Barrow was voted out in 1976 but regained office in 1986; he died the next year. More...
In the News

One in 25 US Teens Attempts Suicide

Sadly, about one in 25 US teens has planned or attempted suicide, and about three times that number have contemplated suicide. While most youths who have suicidal ideations never act on them, too many still do, and suicide remains the third leading cause of death in the US for people ages 10 to 24. Most teens with suicidal behaviors receive some form of mental health treatment, and more than half actually begin treatment prior to the onset of suicidal behavior. It is therefore imperative that mental health professionals find ways to identify those who will actually move on from ideation to attempting suicide and develop effective prevention methods. More...
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