Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

iota

Definition:(noun) A very small amount; a bit.
Synonyms:scintilla, shred, smidgeon, whit
Usage: There was not an iota of truth to that tale.
Article of the Day

Skunks

These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell? 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
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

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

More Than 100 Feared Dead in Sri Lanka Landslide

Monsoon rains triggered a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea plantation that engulfed about 150 houses, killing perhaps 100 or more residents. Bad weather hampered rescue efforts, and only 10 people were confirmed dead by the end of the first day of searching. However, hundreds remain missing. Most of the casualties are believed to be adults, as many children were already at school—outside the affected area—by the time the landslide struck. Though this likely saved their lives, it has also probably left a good many of them orphans. More...
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