Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 25, 2011)
Word of the Day

natation

Definition:(noun) The act or art of swimming or floating on water.
Synonyms:floating
Usage: Prolonged natation will cause the skin on your hands and feet to swell and wrinkle.
Article of the Day

The Harmonium

Invented in the 1840s, the harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument in which air is forced over reeds by means of foot-operated bellows. Pitch is determined by the size of the reeds, while sound quality is determined by the size and shape of the tone chamber surrounding each reed. It is smaller and lighter than a piano, has no pipes, and is resistant to damage. Easier to ship that a piano, it was popular in 19th-century colonies, such as India, where it has developed in what unique ways? More...
This Day in History

The White Ship Sinks, Drowning the Son of Henry I of England (1120)

In 1120, an English vessel known as the White Ship sank in the English Channel on its way from Normandy to England, killing hundreds of passengers. Among those who drowned was William, the only legitimate son of King Henry I. Henry's second marriage was childless, and the latter years of his reign were marked by his attempts to secure the succession for his daughter Matilda. William's death in 1135 led to a disputed succession and civil war between Matilda and whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Ricardo Montalbán (1920)

Montalbán was a Mexican television, stage, and film actor. Perhaps best known as the star of the television series Fantasy Island, he had many notable roles throughout his career, including the villain Khan in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His career spanned seven decades, and he continued to perform into his 80s, often providing voices for animated films and commercials. In the 1970s, Montalbán founded the Nosotros organization. What is its mission? More...
Quotation of the Day
Comfort, n.: A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

have good antennae

To be very sensitive (to something); to have a keen sense of detection or perception. Likened to the antennae of (e.g.) an insect, which are extremely sensitive to environmental stimuli. More...
Today's Holiday

Bosnia and Herzegovina Statehood Day (2016)

Bosnia and Herzegovina are two adjoining regions in the Balkans that were ruled by Croatian kings in medieval times. They were united into a province under the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Statehood Day commemorates the November 25, 1943, assembly of the first joint Bosnian and Herzegovinan parliament. In 1946, Bosnia and Herzegovina became part of the newly-formed Yugoslav federation. Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia on March 1, 1992. More...
In the News

US Lawmakers Say Pizza and Fries Count as Vegetables

School meals subsidized by the federal government are required to include a certain amount of vegetables, but do pizza and French fries really fit the bill? Apparently, US lawmakers think so. The US House of Representatives passed a bill last week that abandons proposals that would limit the frequency with which schools could serve white potatoes and effectively strip pizza's status as a vegetable. Pizza's qualification as a vegetable rests on the tomato paste sandwiched between its crust and cheese. The proposed changes would have raised the serving size to half a cup, much more than is found on a single slice of pizza. More...
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