Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

petulant

Definition:(adjective) Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered.
Synonyms:peevish, testy, cranky, fractious
Usage: After their fight, her friend came to make amends, but she was feeling petulant and sulky and ignored him.
Article of the Day

Jauhar

Jauhar refers to the ancient Hindu tradition of honorable self-immolation of women. It originally described the voluntary death on a funeral pyre of India's queens and royal women, who would kill themselves to avoid capture when their castles were defeated. Jauhar also refers to the practice of mass suicide carried out in medieval times by besieged women and children, after which men would ride out to the battlefield to face certain death. What is the most famous historical example of Jauhar? More...
This Day in History

Ham the Chimp Becomes First Hominid Launched into Outer Space (1961)

Ham was chosen from 40 chimpanzee flight candidates at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base to be the first hominid launched into outer space. He was named after an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission—the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center—and was trained to do simple tasks. In 1961, he was launched into space in a Project Mercury capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean a short time later. What became of Ham after his space flight? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Schubert (1797)

One of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century, Schubert was an Austrian composer who wrote his first of nine symphonies in 1813 at the age of 16. He wrote more than 600 songs, many to the lyrics of German poets, and also composed music for the stage, overtures, choral music, masses, and piano music. He died at 31, having produced more masterpieces by that age than almost any other composer in history. Schubert was buried beside what other famous composer? More...
Quotation of the Day
In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

fresh legs

In sports, one or more substitute players who have not yet participated in a given game or match, thus having more energy than the players they are replacing. More...
Today's Holiday

Nauru Independence Day

This island in the Pacific Ocean gained independence from Great Britain on January 31, 1968. It had been governed by Australia. Independence Day is a national holiday in Nauru. More...
In the News

Cat Returns from the Grave

A cat in Florida is being hailed as a "miracle" and a "zombie" after seemingly coming back from the dead. Bart the cat was hit by a car earlier this month, assumed dead, and buried. Five days later, he dug free of his grave and—despite serious injuries—got himself to a neighbor's yard. Bart's owner then brought him to the Humane Society of Tampa, where he has since received treatment for a broken jaw and extensive facial injuries, including surgery to remove one of his eyes. Bart is expected to make a full recovery in about six weeks. More...
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