Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 24, 2012)
Word of the Day

megahit

Definition:(noun) A product or event, such as a movie or concert, that is exceedingly successful.
Synonyms:smash hit, blockbuster
Usage: After a series of flops brought the film studio to the brink of bankruptcy, it released several megahits that restored its solvency.
Article of the Day

European Heat Wave of 2003

The 2003 European heat wave was one of the hottest summers on record in Europe. Tens of thousands of people—mostly elderly—died in the extreme weather, with more than 14,000 perishing in France alone. Melting glaciers caused avalanches in Switzerland, and deadly forest fires wreaked widespread destruction in Portugal. In Germany, the lowest river levels in a century hindered shipping traffic. Wheat crops across Southern Europe failed. What agricultural product actually benefited from the heat? More...
This Day in History

Annie Edson Taylor, 63, Goes Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel (1901)

Taylor was a dance instructor who sought fame and fortune by attempting to become the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Days before her attempt, a cat was sent over the falls to test the strength of Taylor's barrel and survived the plunge uninjured. On her 63rd birthday, Taylor was set adrift in her barrel and went over the falls. Shortly thereafter, the barrel was pulled from the water and Taylor emerged—mostly unharmed. What was her lone injury? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788)

Hale was an American writer and editor who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family. She edited Ladies' Magazine, the first successful US women's magazine, and then Godey's Lady's Book, with which it merged. As the first female magazine editor, she shaped many of the attitudes and ideas of women of the period. Hale is also credited with helping to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the US. What popular nursery rhyme did she write? More...
Quotation of the Day
The soul most free is that most bound in thraldom to the ancient tyrant Love.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have rocks in (one's) head

To be thoroughly stupid, crazy, absurd, incorrect, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

World Development Information Day (2016)

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the UN to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. More...
In the News

Energy Drinks Implicated in Deaths

In the past decade, highly caffeinated energy drinks have become increasingly popular, especially among young people, but mounting reports of deaths following consumption of Monster Beverage Corp's energy drinks—including that of a 14-year-old girl with a heart condition—have now prompted a US Food and Drug Administration investigation into the brand. If the investigation does link the energy drinks to the reported deaths, the entire US energy drink industry could find itself subject to tighter regulation. More...
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