Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

squirm

Definition:(verb) To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling).
Synonyms:twist, worm, wriggle, writhe, wrestle
Usage: He tried to squirm free, but the police officer had a firm grip on the man's wrists.
Article of the Day

Tube Alloys

Though allies, the US and UK struggled to collaborate on the building of the atom bomb during World War II. In hopes of spurring cooperation, members of the UK's bomb program—which was inconspicuously codenamed "Tube Alloys"—sent a report on their research to US scientists. The report was largely ignored until one of the British scientists traveled to the US. Hesitation by both sides followed, and the fledgling US effort eventually became the Manhattan Project. What happened to Tube Alloys? 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
Women ... have more power for good or evil than they dream of.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

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

Obesity Rates Explode in Developing World

Over the past three decades, the number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has nearly quadrupled, to about one billion. One in three people across the globe is now overweight, and the world is facing a growing health crisis as a result. The authors of a recent report on the matter predict that there will be a significant uptick in heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. They are calling on governments to take a more active role in combating obesity through public health programs. More...
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