Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 09, 2015)
Word of the Day

tableland

Definition:(noun) A flat, elevated region; a plateau or mesa.
Synonyms:plateau
Usage: The hikers climbed all morning, planning to stop for lunch when they reached the tableland.
Article of the Day

Skydiving

Andre-Jaques Garnerin used his invention, the parachute, when he undertook the first jump from a hot air balloon in 1797. Since then, parachuting, or skydiving, has been utilized in military operations as well as for recreation and sport. Skydiving typically involves jumping from an aircraft at an altitude of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft), free-falling, and then deploying a parachute to slow the landing. Who holds the record for the highest parachute jump in history? More...
This Day in History

Garry Kasparov Becomes Youngest World Chess Champion (1985)

In the 1984 World Chess Championship, 1980 World Junior Champion and international grandmaster Gary Kasparov faced reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov. The longest title match in chess history, it was aborted after 5 months of play and 48 games, after chess officials concluded that it was taking too great a psychological and physical toll on Karpov, who was leading but appeared likely to lose. Kasparov won a rematch 6 months later, becoming the youngest world champion ever. How old was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Stanford White (1853)

White was an American architect and a designer of jewelry, furniture, and interiors. In 1880, he formed an architectural firm with Charles F. McKim and William R. Mead that soon became the most famous in the country, known especially for its seaside mansions. He enjoyed a lavish lifestyle before being shot to death at Madison Square Garden—which he had designed—by Harry Thaw, the husband of the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, with whom White had had an affair. The resulting trial became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

be in tall cotton

To be in a time or period of great success or wellbeing; to be doing very well. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia Independence Day (2016)

Cambodia was a French protectorate for 90 years before it gained independence on November 9, 1953. Independence Day, which marks that event, is a national holiday. The principal celebrations are held in the capital city of Phnom Penh, beginning with a morning ceremony at Independence Monument. Later in the day, there is a gala parade held in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with colorful floats and marching bands. Shops are adorned with national flags. After dark, a large fireworks display is held near the riverbanks of the Royal Palace. More...
In the News

"Food Words" Can Make You Overeat

Certain food words can interact with stress and genetics to trigger unhealthy eating, two new studies suggest. The findings were presented this week at Obesity Week, a meeting in Los Angeles hosted by the ... More...
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