Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 21, 2014)
Word of the Day

upshot

Definition:(noun) The final outcome.
Synonyms:conclusion, result
Usage: The upshot of the disagreement was that they broke up the partnership.
Article of the Day

Flamingos

Flamingos are large pink or red wading birds with long necks and webbed feet. They live in large flocks throughout the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Flamingos have several quirky traits, such as an oddly-shaped bill specially adapted to strain food—aquatic plants, shellfish, and frogs—from muddy water in marshes and lagoons. Flamingos also have the unusual ability to stand on one leg with the head laid on the back for hours. What typically dictates the vibrancy of a flamingo's color? More...
This Day in History

First Manned Voyage to a Celestial Body Launched (1968)

Also the first manned launch of a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 8 was the first manned voyage to a celestial body—the Moon. It took about three days for the craft to enter lunar orbit, whereupon it proceeded to orbit the Moon 10 times in 20 hours. The three crew members were the first humans to see the far side of the Moon—an important precursor to the historic lunar landing that would occur less than a year later. In a Christmas Eve live TV broadcast from space, the crew read from what book? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Zappa (1940)

Zappa was a prolific and highly distinctive guitarist, composer, and songwriter. His career spanned more than 30 years and encompassed a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, and classical. He released the groundbreaking double album Freak Out! with the Mothers of Invention in 1966. With its raw sound, sophisticated arrangements, and lyrics praising nonconformity, the album immediately established Zappa as a radical new voice in rock music. What unusual names did he give his children? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Today's Holiday

Doleing Day (2015)

It was customary at one time in England on St. Thomas's Day for the poorer inhabitants of the parish to call on their wealthier neighbors and receive a gift or "dole" of food or money. In return, they would give their benefactors a sprig of holly or mistletoe. The custom of "going a-gooding," as it was called, gave rise to the name Gooding Day in parts of Sussex; in other areas, it was referred to as Mumping (Begging) Day, since those who had to beg were said to be "on the mump." Children would often spend St. Thomas's Day begging for apples. More...
In the News

Man Picks Stranger for World Trip

Canadian Jordan Axani plans to begin a trip around the world today with a traveling companion he chose based on an unusual criterion: she has the same name as his ex-girlfriend. Axani scheduled the three-week trip in May with his then-girlfriend. When the two broke up, he decided to avoid the hassle of changing airline tickets booked in her name by putting out a call for anyone with the same name and a valid Canadian passport. Axani said he received thousands of responses, including from many people who offered to legally change their names. He chose a woman after speaking with her on the phone. More...
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