Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 16, 2013)
Word of the Day

laid-back

Definition:(adjective) Unhurried and relaxed.
Synonyms:mellow
Usage: The interview was so laid-back that it felt more like I was chatting with a friend than promoting myself as a candidate for the job.
Article of the Day

The Flying Trapeze

The aerial performance art known as the flying trapeze was invented in France in 1859 by Jules Léotard, whose name became synonymous with the skintight costume in which he performed. During a performance, a "flyer" typically jumps from a high platform, using gravity to swing on the trapeze, or "fly bar." He or she may perform tricks in mid-air before being caught by a partner. Today, the popular circus act is performed above safety nets, but Léotard originally practiced above what? 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
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

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

Meteor Explodes over Russia's Ural Mountains Injuring Many

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday morning, sending fireballs crashing to Earth and causing a shock wave that shattered windows. More than 1,000 people were injured, mostly by flying glass. According to the Russian Academy of Sciences, the approximately 10-tonne meteor entered Earth's atmosphere traveling at a speed of at least 33,000 mph (54,000 km/h) and broke up about 18 to 32 mi (30 to 50 km) above the ground. The energy released when it did so was equal to that of a small nuclear explosion. Experts are divided on whether the event has anything to do with an asteroid that was due to pass close to Earth later in the day. More...
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