Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

paunch

Definition:(noun) A protruding abdomen.
Synonyms:belly
Usage: Jim's bride was an excellent cook, and after only a few weeks of marriage, he began to develop a significant paunch.
Article of the Day

Beer

The world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage, beer is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and may have been brewed as early as the 6th millennium BCE. Today, approximately 35 billion gallons of beer are sold each year throughout the world. It is produced by fermenting sugars derived from starch-based materials, including malted barley and wheat, as well as millet in Africa, potato in Brazil, and agave in Mexico. What is the difference between ale and lager? 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
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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

Artificial Hand Helps Amputees Feel Just How Hard to Squeeze

A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch — like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel. Implanted electrodes allowed the ... More...
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