Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 09, 2013)
Word of the Day

foregather

Definition:(verb) Collect in one place.
Synonyms:assemble, meet
Usage: The captains of every ship in the fleet rowed into the lagoon to foregather on its secluded beach.
Article of the Day

Arm Wrestling

Arm wrestling is not just a way to settle an argument—it is also a competitive sport. In official contests, two opponents sit facing each other, with hands interlocked and elbows firmly planted on a table surface, and attempt to force the other's arm down. Strength alone does not make for a successful arm wrestler. The significant twisting force arm wrestling puts on the humerus bone of the upper arm can be quite dangerous, so good technique is also vital. How do arm wrestlers avoid broken arms? More...
This Day in History

Supernova 1604 First Observed (1604)

A supernova is a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. The last supernova to be observed in the Milky Way was seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler and was used by Galileo, at his trial, as evidence against the presupposition that the universe never changes. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky. How far from Earth was this supernova? More...
Today's Birthday

Guillermo del Toro (1964)

Del Toro is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican filmmaker whose films often explore the darker elements of fantasy and reflect his fascination with "insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things." His most acclaimed films to date, Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, both feature children living under authoritarian rule while facing frightening supernatural entities and have been compared with what film, considered to be the finest Spanish film of the 1970s? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Today's Holiday

Leif Erikson Day (2015)

Some historians believe that the viking explorer Leif Ericson landed in North America 488 years before Columbus sailed into the New World. Members of the Leif Erikson Association chose October 9 to commemorate this event because the first Norwegian emigrants landed in America on October 9, 1825. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed this as Leif Erikson Day. States with large Norwegian-American populations often hold observances on this day, as do members of the Sons of Norway, the Leif Erikson Society, and other Norwegian-American organizations. More...
In the News

Sports Superstars Endorsing Less-Than-Healthy Fare

To be a top athlete, one must be in peak physical condition, but you wouldn't know it by looking at many of the products they agree to endorse. About a quarter of the brands endorsed by the 100 top US athletes of 2010 were food and beverage companies, and a vast majority of the player-endorsed products were less than healthy. Nearly 80% of the food products were high in calories and low in nutritional value, and a whopping 93.4% of the beverages had all of their calories come from added sugar. More...
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