Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

inalienable

Definition:(adjective) That cannot be transferred to another or others.
Synonyms:unforfeitable
Usage: When he decided to fight for his inalienable rights, he did not realize that his actions would go down in history.
Article of the Day

Atari's Pac-Man Disappoints

In 1982, Atari published the first port version of Namco's popular Pac-Man arcade game for their Atari 2600 console. Though the world's favorite arcade game could now be played on the most popular console, the release met with criticism and slow sales. In Atari's rush to bring the game to market, quality was sacrificed, shaking consumer confidence in both the company and video game industry. Why did Atari produce more copies of the game than there were users with compatible consoles? More...
This Day in History

Donald Campbell Dies in Water Speed Record Attempt (1967)

Following in the footsteps of his father—record-breaking English racing enthusiast Malcolm Campbell—Donald Campbell set the world speed record on water at 276 mph (445 km/h) in 1964. In 1967, during an attempt to set a new record, Donald's jet-powered boat violently disintegrated over Coniston Water, killing him instantly. Though his teddy bear mascot was found floating among the debris, Donald's body was not recovered until nearly 35 years later. Did he at least succeed in breaking his record? More...
Today's Birthday

James Bond (1900)

An expert in Caribbean birds and a distinguished ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Bond wrote the definitive Birds of the West Indies in 1936. The book came to the attention of avid bird-watcher Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica. He contacted Bond and asked if he could use the ornithologist's name for the hero of his first novel, Casino Royale. Bond agreed. In what film can the fictional Bond be seen reading the real-life Bond's book? More...
Quotation of the Day
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

take a load off (one's feet)

To sit down and rest one's feet; to relax. (Usually said as a suggestion.) More...
Today's Holiday

Sakata Chauth (2018)

Hindu men and women fast on this day in honor of Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom with the head of an elephant, because it is believed to be the day of his birth. After being bathed first thing in the morning, the statue of Ganesh is worshipped with sweets and balls made of jaggery (a coarse, dark sugar made from palm trees) and sesame seeds. When the moon rises, the fast is broken, and the moon god is worshipped and offered water. The day-long fast observed on Sakata Chauth is believed to ensure wisdom, a trouble-free life, and prosperity. More...
In the News

NFL, ESPN Butt Heads over Brain Research Report

This morning, ESPN published a story saying that the NFL “has backed out of one of the most ambitious studies yet on the relationship between football and brain disease.” Almost immediately, the NFL denied it. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy took to ... More...
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