Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 06, 2012)
Word of the Day

calumnious

Definition:(adjective) (Used of statements) Harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign.
Synonyms:defamatory, denigrating, libelous, slanderous
Usage: He concluded by calling for an investigation, which might dispose of the calumnious report before it had time to spread.
Article of the Day

Wheelies

A wheelie is an acrobatic stunt in which a vehicle's front wheel—or wheels—is lifted off the ground so that the vehicle is momentarily balanced on its rear wheel or wheels. Wheelies can be performed on bicycles or motorcycles, or even in cars. In mountain biking, the move helps racers navigate large obstacles. Due to the stunt's dangerous nature, drivers in a number of countries are prohibited from "popping" wheelies on public roads. What is the world record for the fastest motorcycle wheelie? More...
This Day in History

The Washington Monument Is Completed (1884)

In 1783, Congress passed a resolution approving an equestrian statue of George Washington. Plans were made to erect it at the site of the present Washington Monument, but Washington objected to the idea. After his death in 1799, plans for a memorial were discussed but none was adopted until 1832, when blocks of stone began to be collected from each state, some foreign countries, and private individuals. The 555-ft (169-m) monument was finally completed in 1884. Its tip is made of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898)

Widely considered the father of photojournalism, Eisenstaedt began creating photo essays in Berlin during the 1920s. He emigrated to the US in 1935 and joined the original photography staff at Life magazine. Soon Eisenstaedt came to epitomize the magazine's style with his topically important and beautifully composed photographs and his candid portraits of the great and the anonymous. His most famous photograph is of the joyous Times Square kiss of a sailor and a nurse on what day? More...
Quotation of the Day
So the days pass, and I ask myself sometimes whether one is not hypnotized, as a child by a silver globe, by life, and whether this is living.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

have no time for (someone or something)

To have no respect for, interest in, or approval of someone or something and thus have no desire to be involved with him, her, or it. More...
Today's Holiday

Finland Independence Day (2016)

The Finnish people lived under Russian control beginning in 1809. The Finnish nationalist movement grew in the 1800s, and when the Bolsheviks took over Russia on November 7, 1917, the Finns saw a time to declare their independence. They did so on December 6 of that same year. This day is a national holiday celebrated with military parades in Helsinki and performances at the National Theater. It is traditionally a solemn occasion that begins with a parade of students carrying torches and one flag for each year of independence. More...
In the News

Hundreds Dead in Philippines Following Typhoon

Filipinos are no strangers to typhoons—about 20 such storms hit the Philippines every year—but that does not make the death and destruction they bring any less devastating. On Tuesday, Typhoon Bopha made landfall on Mindanao, the hardest hit of the Philippine islands, bringing with it heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 93 mph (150 km/h). The storm triggered landslides and floods and washed away entire families. The death toll now stands at about 300, but that number will likely rise, as hundreds more are still missing. More...
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