Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 18, 2011)
Word of the Day

contravene

Definition:(verb) To act or be counter to; violate.
Synonyms:infringe, run afoul, conflict
Usage: This deportation order contravenes basic human rights and must be overturned.
Article of the Day

Herding Dogs

A herding dog is a type of pastoral dog that has been selectively bred for the purpose of directing and controlling the movement of livestock. Renowned for their intelligence and responsiveness to commands, these dogs make excellent pets as long as they are kept active. Potential owners should also be aware that the dogs’ herding instinct may occasionally lead them to bump people or nip at their heels in an attempt to herd them. What is the difference between a header and a heeler? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Moon Epimetheus Is Discovered (1966)

Epimetheus, a nonspherical body measuring about 89 mi (144 km) by 67 mi (108 km) by 61 mi (98 km), is one of Saturn's 48 confirmed natural satellites. It was discovered in 1966 and photographed in 1980 by the Voyager 1 probe. Epimetheus and another moon, Janus, are co-orbital, meaning that they share nearly the same orbit. About every fourth year, the lower, faster satellite overtakes the other and is boosted into the higher orbit. After what mythological figure is Epimetheus named? More...
Today's Birthday

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (1886)

Cobb was one of the greatest offensive players and perhaps the fiercest competitor in baseball history. During his 24-year career as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, he set records that would stand for decades, including 892 stolen bases—a feat partly attributed to the brutality with which he used his cleats. Cobb provoked controversy on and off the field but was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936. Which of his records remain unbroken? More...
Quotation of the Day
But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
And knows no disappointment.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have a gas

To have a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and/or amusing time. More...
Today's Holiday

Niger Republic Day (2016)

On August 3, 1960, Niger gained full independence from France, after having been a colony since 1922. Niger had voted to become a republic on December 18, 1958. August 3 is a national holiday celebrating Independence Day, while December 18 is Republic Day. More...
In the News

Americans Waiting Longer to Marry, Many Not Marrying

US census data for 2010 showed that the number of new marriages dropped five percent between 2009 and 2010, bringing the percentage of married US adults to a record low. Whereas 72 percent of American adults were married in 1960, just 51 percent are married today. The median age for first-time brides and grooms has also risen, and now stands at 26.5 years and 28.7 years respectively. Similar trends are being seen in other developed countries around the world and may be attributed to a combination of economic, societal, political, and religious factors. More...
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