Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 28, 2014)
Word of the Day

circumspect

Definition:(adjective) Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.
Synonyms:discreet
Usage: Because the drug was shown to have adverse side effects, physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use.
Article of the Day

Swiss Cheese

Swiss cheese is the generic name in the US for several related varieties of cheese that resemble Switzerland's Emmentaler cheese. The cheese's distinctive holes, which are called "eyes," are formed during ripening when the bacterium used to produce the cheese releases carbon dioxide gas that causes large bubbles. In general, the larger the eyes, the more pronounced the cheese's flavor, although large eyes make the cheese more difficult to slice. Swiss cheese without eyes is known as what? More...
This Day in History

Endangered Species Act Established in US (1973)

Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction and preserve the ecosystems they inhabit, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 prohibits harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting an "endangered" or "threatened" species and establishes penalties for doing so. A citizen suit clause allows citizens to sue others, even the government, to enforce the law. What species' populations have increased since the act's adoption? More...
Today's Birthday

Stan Lee (1922)

A giant in the world of comic books, Lee is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics and the creator of numerous comic book superheroes. With several artist collaborators, Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk, among many others, and is credited with introducing complex, naturalistic characters into superhero comic books. Lee has made cameo appearances in what films featuring characters that he helped create? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life is a voyage that's homeward bound.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Today's Holiday

Holy Innocents' Day (2015)

Also known as Innocents' Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. Not surprisingly, this day has long been regarded as unlucky. In ancient times, the "Massacre of the Innocents" was reenacted by whipping the younger members of a family. But, over the years, the tables turned, and in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools' Day. More...
In the News

Birds Heard Tornados, Flew to Safety

Just a day before a devastating tornado outbreak swept through the US this year, a handful of songbirds in the region evacuated by flying hundreds of miles away. The scientists tracking the birds as part of a larger study speculate that they sensed the approaching twisters by detecting tornado-produced infrasound, a low frequency noise that can travel thousands of miles. The birds fled just days after finishing their 3,100-mile (5,000-km) seasonal migration from Colombia. They then flew 400 miles (700 km) south to the Gulf of Mexico, and returned almost immediately after the storms ended. More...
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