Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

fire-eater

Definition:(noun) A belligerent grouch.
Synonyms:hothead
Usage: That old fire-eater next door is always screaming at me to keep my dog off of his lawn.
Article of the Day

Argyria

Minimally toxic to humans and known for its antibiotic properties, silver has historically been used in a variety of medical and industrial applications. However, prolonged exposure to silver can result in argyria, a permanent slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and internal organs. Though the condition is not harmful, it is irreversible and, in some cases, very noticeable. What American politician took on a bluish tint after consuming a homemade silver concoction? More...
This Day in History

Soviet Union Detonates "Tsar Bomba" (1961)

"Tsar Bomba" was the nickname of a hydrogen bomb detonated by the Soviet Union in 1961 that remains the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. The bomb had a yield of 50 megatons, a force equivalent to 1,400 times the combined power of the two nuclear weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II—or approximately 1.4 percent of the power output of the Sun. The resulting seismic shock was measurable even on its third passage around the Earth. Where was Tsar Bomba detonated? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Gordon (1896)

Gordon was an American actress and playwright whose career encompassed more than 70 years of stage and film experience. She made her Broadway debut in 1915 as Nibs in Peter Pan. She wrote many plays and collaborated on many successful screenplays, including Adam's Rib, with her husband, the playwright and director Garson Kanin. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Rosemary's Baby and, in 1971, starred in what black comedy film that has since become a cult classic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have the better of (someone or something)

To have or gain superiority, mastery, or an advantage over someone or something; to have control over someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Diwali (2016)

The word diwali means "a row or cluster of lights," and the week-long festivities are illuminated by lamps, fireworks, and bonfires. In northern India, it marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. In the Punjab and Mauritius, Diwali celebrates the coronation of Rama after his conquest of Ravana. The Jains commemorate the death of their great hero, Mahavira, on this day in the city of Pava in Bihar. Diwali is as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians. It is celebrated by the world's 500 million Hindus with gift exchanges, fireworks, and festive (typically vegetarian) meals. More...
In the News

Hurricane Sandy Pounds East Coast of US

After sweeping through the Caribbean, where she claimed the lives of at least 60 people, Hurricane Sandy turned her ferocity on the Eastern US, battering the coast with strong winds and driving rain. A rare confluence of weather events—a hurricane meeting up with a winter storm coming from the west—gave Sandy extra punch as she made landfall in the Northeast. In anticipation of the "Frankenstorm," several major public transportation systems were shut down, thousands of flights were canceled, and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. The full extent of Sandy's damage has yet to be assessed, but the final tally could be in the tens of billions of dollars. More...
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