Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 2, 2011)
Word of the Day

chef-d'oeuvre

Definition:(noun) The most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman.
Synonyms:masterpiece
Usage: The Mona Lisa is considered by many to be the chef-d'oeuvre of Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist Leonardo da Vinci.
Article of the Day

Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile phone throwing is a sport in which participants throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. Started in Finland in 2000, competitive phone throwing has since spread to several other countries, with contests being held as far away as the UK and the US. Many of the events promote the recycling of old phones. In most national events, winners gain an entry to the world championship. How far have top competitors hurled their mobile phones? More...
This Day in History

Johnny Campbell Becomes World's First Cheerleader (1898)

Cheerleading first appeared in the US in the late 1880s with crowds chanting to encourage school spirit. The first recorded instance of organized cheering took place at Princeton University in 1884. Later, a Princeton graduate introduced the idea at University of Minnesota football games. In 1898, Minnesota student Johnny Campbell directed a crowd in a cheer—marking the official birth of organized cheerleading. The first cheer squads were all male. When did women enter the world of cheerleading? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Radetzky von Radetz (1766)

Radetzky was an Austrian army officer. After fighting with distinction against the French in the Napoleonic Wars, he became chief of staff and attempted to modernize the Austrian army. As commander in chief of the Austrian army in northern Italy in 1848—in his eighties at the time—he suppressed a revolt in the Austrian-ruled provinces of Lombardy and Venetia, where he later served as governor-general. His status as a national hero inspired what famous composer to name a march in his honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Today's Holiday

Día de los Muertos (2015)

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a national holiday in Mexico and is observed in Hispanic communities throughout the U.S. Long before sunrise, people stream into the cemeteries laden with candles, flowers, and food that is often shaped and decorated to resemble the symbols of death. Children eat tiny chocolate hearses, sugar funeral wreaths, and candy skulls and coffins. But the atmosphere is festive. In many homes, people set up ofrendas, or altars, to the departed. These are decked with candles, special foods, and whatever the dead enjoyed when they were alive. More...
In the News

Engineer Named Libya's New Prime Minister

Libya's National Transitional Council has elected Abdurrahim El-Keib, an electrical engineer who spent decades as a dissident in exile and taught at the University of Alabama in the US and Abu Dhabi's Petroleum Institute, as its acting prime minister. He is to serve in this capacity until Libya elects a national assembly, drafts a constitution, and then holds elections. In a news conference, El-Keib declared his commitment to building a nation that respects human rights and international law, a challenging process that he acknowledged will take time. More...
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