Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 9, 2013)
Word of the Day

corpulence

Definition:(noun) The property of excessive fatness.
Synonyms:adiposis, stoutness
Usage: I do not want to admit to myself that my corpulence has gotten out of hand, but the numbers on the scale have become too large to ignore.
Article of the Day

Flying Fish

Though they appear to take flight, most "flying fish"—found worldwide in warm waters—actually only jump out of the water and then glide above its surface with their enlarged fins. This unusual behavior is primarily a way to escape predators, and the strongest fliers can travel as much as 600 feet (180 m) in a single glide. The characin of the Amazon basin, however, is the rare flying fish that achieves true flight by buzzing its winglike fins. What country is nicknamed "the land of flying fish"? More...
This Day in History

John Birch Society Founded (1958)

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

William Whiston (1667)

Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de l'Escalade (2016)

Escalade is a celebration in Geneva, Switzerland, of the victory of the people of Geneva over the attacking French Savoyards. To mark the victory, people carrying torches and wearing period costumes and armor proceed through the old city on both banks of the Rhone River. Shops sell chocolates that look like miniature soup pots to commemorate Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of scalding soup on the head of a Savoyard soldier. The procession winds up at St. Peter's Cathedral, where the citizens sing patriotic songs and a huge bonfire concludes the celebration. More...
In the News

Can You Say This Ten Times Fast?

Forget "she sells seashells by the seashore"; if you want a challenge, try saying "pad kid poured curd pulled cold" ten times in rapid succession. US psychologists say this nonsensical series of words they developed may be the world's toughest tongue twister. Do not mistake these researchers for sadists, though. Their prime motivation was not to paralyze people's tongues and drive them to distraction but rather to shed light on the chain of events that occurs between the time a person has a thought and the moment he moves his mouth to form the sound. More...
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