Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 16, 2011)
Word of the Day

unornamented

Definition:(adjective) Lacking embellishment or ornamentation.
Synonyms:unembellished, plain, spare, bare
Usage: Strangers, who saw her for the first time, saw a lady in the prime of her life—a lady plainly dressed in unornamented white.
Article of the Day

Terror Birds

Phorusrhacids, commonly known as "terror birds" because of their role as apex predators, were large, carnivorous, flightless birds that roamed S America during the Cenozoic era, from about 62 million to 2 million years ago. They are believed to have migrated to N America when the Isthmus of Panama formed, bridging the formerly separated continents. The birds ranged in height from about 3 to 10 ft (1 to 3 m) and were likely fast runners. What are thought to be their closest modern-day relatives? More...
This Day in History

Ash Wednesday Fires (1983)

In 1983, extreme weather and years of severe drought combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. Within 12 hours, more than 180 fires—fanned by high winds—were burning, causing widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. The fires killed 75 people and left thousands of others injured and homeless. They obliterated entire townships in just minutes. This series of fires was the deadliest bushfire event in Australian history until what disaster? More...
Today's Birthday

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (1935)

Bono was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician. He began his music career working with legendary producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s and went on to write, arrange, and produce a number of hit singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," which he performed with his then-wife Cher. The duo also hosted a popular television variety show in the 1970s. Later, Bono became involved in politics and served as a member of the US House of Representatives. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

a cut below

Of lower quality than or inferior to someone or something else, especially that of the expected norm. More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Independence Day (2016)

This is a national holiday in Lithuania marking the declaration of independence from Austrian, Prussian, and Russian occupation on February 16, 1918. Today, the anniversary is celebrated with festivals and fireworks, particularly in the capital city of Vilnius. More...
In the News

Food Choices Unaffected by Calorie Counts on Menus

In an attempt to encourage people to make healthier dietary choices and combat obesity, New York City began requiring fast-food restaurants to list the calories of their foods on menus in 2008. To study the effectiveness of this practice, researchers gathered restaurant receipts and surveyed patrons at fast-food restaurants both before and after mandatory labeling began. They found that more than half of teens surveyed noticed the calorie information once it was posted on menus but that only nine percent said it influenced their food choices. More...
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