Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

rondel

Definition:(noun) A poem similar to a rondeau, having 13 or 14 lines with two rhymes throughout. The first and second lines reappear in the middle and at the end, although sometimes only the first line appears at the end.
Synonyms:rondeau
Usage: Her poetry club issued a new challenge every week; last week, everyone had to write a funny rondel about chewing gum.
Article of the Day

Honey

Honey is the sweet, viscous fluid honeybees produce from flower nectar. Worker bees transport the nectar to the hive in their honey sac, and enzymes in the sac convert the nectar into honey. Bees produce honey in much greater amounts than they need to survive, and humans have made use of this excess honey for centuries. In addition to its uses in cooking and baking, honey has antibacterial properties and was used in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece as a wound salve. What is honey intoxication? More...
This Day in History

"The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (1951)

Late in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three's ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat. What happened next? More...
Today's Birthday

John Ross (1790)

The son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe's rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory. In Native American lore, this journey is known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have a/the right to (something)

To have the just or legal permission, privilege, or authority to have or own something. More...
Today's Holiday

Honduras Soldiers' Day (2016)

This celebration is held on the birthday of Francisco Morazán (1792–1842), a highly revered Honduran general and statesman. Morazán's achievements as a military leader in various liberation struggles led the Honduran government to designate his birthday as the official date to honor the country's soldiers. The day's main celebration is a military parade that takes place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras's capital city. The procession features the service members of every branch of the armed forces, along with dozens of tanks and artillery carriers. More...
In the News

Atlas 5 Rocket Boosts Powerful Mexican Comsat into Space

Four and a half months after a Russian launch failure destroyed a $300 million Mexican communications satellite, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket boosted a second, equally costly relay station into space Friday to provide high speed data, video ... More...
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