Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

laggard

Definition:(noun) Someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind.
Synonyms:dawdler, trailer, poke
Usage: He was such a laggard that his friends were already paying the bill by the time he reached the café.
Article of the Day

Compact Discs

Compact discs (CDs) are optical discs that store digital data. The data is digitally encoded on the disc as a series of microscopic indentations—called "pits"—on an otherwise polished surface. The disc is read by a laser beam, which is either absorbed in the pits or reflected off the non-indented areas, called "lands." After the music CD was introduced in 1982, it quickly surpassed records and cassette tapes as the music storage medium of choice. What album was the first to be released on CD? More...
This Day in History

The Siege of Leningrad Is Lifted (1944)

During WWII, German and Finnish forces invaded the Soviet Union and encircled the city of Leningrad—now St. Petersburg—blocking supply lines for 872 days. Sparse food and fuel supplies delivered by barge and sled kept the city's arms factories operating and its 2 million inhabitants barely alive, while 1 million children and sick and elderly people were evacuated. Still, hundreds of thousands died of starvation, disease, and shelling from German artillery. How was the siege broken? More...
Today's Birthday

Lewis Carroll (1832)

Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. Carroll developed the stories from tales he told to the children of H. G. Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College at Oxford, one of whom was named Alice. Many of his characters—the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the White Rabbit—have become familiar figures in literature. What else did Carroll write? More...
Quotation of the Day
Have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time—beautiful?

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

endgame

The final stages of a process, development, or activity. An allusion to the last stage in chess, when the majority of pieces have been removed from the board. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Mozart (2016)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on this day in 1756. His achievements in composing operas, chamber music, symphonies, and piano concerti have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. Mozart's birthday is observed all over the world by musical societies, who often give concerts of his music on this day. The city of his birth also honors him at the end of January with Mozart Week, as well as with the Salzburg Festival each summer. More...
In the News

Officials May Ban Chocolate Bait after Bear Overdose

New Hampshire wildlife officials are considering proposing a ban on chocolate as bear bait after four black bears were found dead last September near a trapping site where nearly 100 pounds (45 kg) of chocolate and doughnuts were left as bait. An autopsy revealed that the bears overdosed on theobromine, a naturally occurring toxic ingredient found in chocolate. Bears are especially drawn to sweets when building up their fat stores for hibernation. The proposal may call for an outright ban on chocolate as bait, or it may recommend a limit on its use. More...
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