Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 03, 2015)
Word of the Day

hovercraft

Definition:(noun) A craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines.
Synonyms:ground-effect machine
Usage: The police lost track of the bank robbers at the water's edge, where the thieves escaped in a hovercraft.
Article of the Day

Tootsie Rolls

The Tootsie Roll chocolatey chew has a long history that begins in New York City in 1896. Leo Hirshfield invented the candy as a non-melting, economical alternative to traditional chocolates. Tootsie Rolls were so hardy, in fact, that they were added to soldiers' rations during WWII. As of 2003, Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. was producing 60 million Tootsie Rolls and 20 million Tootsie Pops, lollipops with a Tootsie Roll filling, every day. During what era did the Tootsie Pop gain popularity? More...
This Day in History

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, now The Times of India, Is Founded (1838)

The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce was established in 1838. Since then, both the name of the newspaper and the name of the city have changed. In 1861, 134 years before Bombay was renamed Mumbai, the paper was renamed The Times of India. Today, The Times of India, an English-language daily, has the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world. What is its estimated readership in India? More...
Today's Birthday

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (1908)

Named an All-American at the University of Minnesota in 1929 as both a tackle and fullback, Nagurski turned pro to play for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, becoming the archetypical pile-driving fullback of the 1930s. Although he was never the league's rushing leader, Nagurski was nearly impossible to stop without a gain and often dragged multiple tacklers with him before going down. In addition to football, Nagurski competed in what other sport on a professional level? More...
Quotation of the Day
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have the floor

To have the right or opportunity to speak in a group, especially at a formal event or gathering. More...
Today's Holiday

Bunka-no-Hi (2016)

Bunka-no-Hi is a Japanese national holiday on which medals are awarded by the government to those who have made special contributions in the fields of arts and sciences. Winners are not always Japanese—the American Apollo 11 astronauts are among past honorees. This is also the anniversary of the adoption of Japan's current constitution in 1946. The day was formerly celebrated as the birthday of Emperor Meiji, whose reign was known as the age of bummei-kaika—"civilization and enlightenment." Today, this holiday serves to promote the love of freedom, peace, and cultural development. More...
In the News

Low-Fat and Low-Carb Diets Show Little Success in the Long Term

Some diets claim you must eat less fat to have any hope of losing weight. Others insist the only way to shed pounds is to shed carbs. A new study suggests that it doesn't much matter which diet you follow. Researchers set out to answer this age-old debate: Are ... More...
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