Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 09, 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

America's First Serving African-American Governor Takes Office (1872)

Born to a former slave and a white planter, Pinckney Pinchback was America's first African-American governor. During the American Civil War, he raised and led a company of black Union volunteers, called the Corps d'Afrique, in Union-held New Orleans. After the war, he was elected to the Louisiana senate and served as lieutenant governor. In 1872, he became governor when Henry Warmoth was impeached. How long was it before another African American held a gubernatorial office in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

John Milton (1608)

Considered the greatest English poet after William Shakespeare, Milton wrote 23 sonnets that are accepted as among the best ever written as well as the epic Paradise Lost. This masterpiece reworks Classical epic conventions to recount the fall of man in blank verse and contains a portrayal of Satan so compelling that many 19th century critics considered him, not Adam, to be the real hero of the epic. The 12-volume work was completed well after Milton became blind. How did he compile it? 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)

Today's Holiday

Tanzania Independence Day (2015)

Tanzania Independence Day is a celebration of the independence—from the British in 1961—of Tanganyika, which merged with Zanzibar in 1964 to become Tanzania. The day is a national holiday celebrated with parades, youth leagues marching before the president at the stadium in Dar es Salaam, school games, cultural dances, and aerobatics by the air force. 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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