Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 05, 2012)
Word of the Day

charger

Definition:(noun) A horse trained for battle; a cavalry horse.
Synonyms:courser
Usage: The knight mounted his charger and rode to meet his countrymen at the front lines.
Article of the Day

Brood Parasites

Brood parasites are organisms—usually birds—that manipulate a host, either of the same or a different species, into raising their young. The parasitic parent avoids the effort of rearing young by abandoning its eggs in the nest of a host bird. After hatching, the parasitic nestlings may kill or crowd out the host’s own offspring. The host will often continue to feed and care for the invasive chicks even when they do not resemble its young and may physically dwarf the host itself. Why? More...
This Day in History

Construction Begins on California's Golden Gate Bridge (1933)

For 27 years after its completion in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge had the longest main span in the world, stretching 4,200 ft (1,280 m). Its four-year construction, supervised by chief engineer Joseph B. Strauss, faced many difficulties, including rapidly running tides, frequent storms and fogs, and the problem of blasting rock under deep water to plant earthquake-resistant foundations. Considered a modern wonder, the bridge spans the Golden Gate, a strait that links what two bodies of water? More...
Today's Birthday

Shah Jahan (1592)

Shah Jahan succeeded to the throne of India's Mughal Empire in 1628 and ruled for 30 years. His reign was notable for its successes against the Deccan states. Though attempts to reconquer lost territory almost bankrupted the empire, his reign marked the zenith of Mughal court splendor and ushered in the golden age of Mughal art and architecture. Considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal was built in memory of his beloved wife. Who deposed and imprisoned him in 1658? More...
Quotation of the Day
To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

hit on all cylinders

To operate, perform, function, or proceed exceptionally well or at the greatest possible speed or efficiency. More...
Today's Holiday

Befana Festival (2017)

Sometimes referred to simply as La Befana, this is the Twelfth Night festival in Italy where the Befana, a kindly witch, plays much the same role that Santa Claus plays in the United States. The festival begins on Epiphany Eve, when the Befana is supposed to come down the chimney on her broom to leave gifts in children's stockings. In Rome, the Piazza Navona is thronged with children and their parents, who shop for toys and exchange greetings. Bands of young people march around, blowing on cardboard trumpets, and the noise level in the square can be deafening. More...
In the News

One Reason to Pass on the Cat Stew

The sudden and unexpected death of a Chinese billionaire is now being called a murder, after police detained a man they suspect of poisoning his cat-meat stew. The suspect, an agricultural official who had allegedly embezzled money from the tycoon, is believed to have added a poisonous plant to the dish, a local delicacy, when they were dining together after a business meeting. Another member of their lunch party noticed that the stew had tasted unusually bitter, but he did not know the reason why and did not stop his friend from eating it. The restaurant owner was initially suspected of serving bad food, but further investigation revealed that the actual cause of death was more sinister. More...
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