Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 05, 2014)
Word of the Day

redolence

Definition:(noun) A pleasingly sweet olfactory property.
Synonyms:bouquet, fragrance
Usage: The moonlight and the redolence of flowers made the garden a romantic spot.
Article of the Day

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art that originated in 16th-century Thailand. Once used as military training, it gained international fame in the 20th century when its practitioners defeated those of other martial arts. Today's “sport” version of Muay Thai takes place in a ring and features gloves like those used in boxing. It is called "The Art of Eight Limbs" because the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all involved—giving each combatant eight points of contact. Who was Nai Khanomtom? More...
This Day in History

Flight 19 Is Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (1945)

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle during a navigation training flight from a naval air station in Florida. All 14 airmen involved in the exercise were lost. The search-and-rescue flight that went after them also disappeared, along with its 13-man crew, and is assumed to have exploded in midair. No wreckage from any of the six aircraft has ever been positively identified. What did Navy investigators conclude happened to Flight 19? More...
Today's Birthday

Paul Painlevé (1863)

A mathematical prodigy, Painlevé embarked on a career devoted to science, but he turned to politics after the Dreyfus Affair sparked his interest. In World War I, he held several French cabinet posts and was briefly premier in 1917. He was premier again in 1925 and was later minister of war and minister of aviation. In mathematics, Painlevé ranked among the best minds of his time, and he made important contributions in the field of differential equations. What are the Painlevé transcendents? More...
Quotation of the Day
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

have eyes bigger than (one's) stomach

To take more food than one is actually capable of eating. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2016)

In 1985, the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
In the News

12 Days of Christmas Cost a Little More

Alas, ambitious shoppers, the cost of all the gifts mentioned in the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has risen yet again. According to the annual analysis by a US financial services firm, the overall price tag for the items—including five golden rings and a partridge in a pear tree—rose 1.4 percent from last year, from $114,651.18 to $116,273.06. Over the history of the analysis, the average of the cost increases has closely mirrored the US inflation index. The increase is the smallest since 2002, when the cost of the items dropped 7.6 percent in the wake of the Dot-com bust. More...
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