Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 25, 2013)
Word of the Day

keepsake

Definition:(noun) Something of sentimental value.
Synonyms:souvenir, relic, token
Usage: I had no keepsake to speak to me of my lost darling but the flag which she had embroidered with her own hand.
Article of the Day

The Very Large Telescope

Set on a remote and inhospitable mountain in Chile's Atacama Desert, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is actually an array of four large telescopes. The telescopes can be operated together to achieve an angular resolution so precise that the array could theoretically be used to distinguish between the two headlights of a car on the Moon. The VLT captured the first image of a planet outside the solar system. What do the four telescopes' names mean in the local Mapudungun language? More...
This Day in History

First Pan American Games Are Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1951)

The Pan American Games is a multi-sport event open to competitors from all nations of the Western Hemisphere. Patterned after the Olympic Games and sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the games are held every four years in the year preceding the Summer Olympic Games. Argentina took home more medals than any other country in the first Pan American Games, however, the US has since become the overall medal leader, with a current total of 3,915. Who lights the Pan American torch? More...
Today's Birthday

George Harrison (1943)

Harrison was a British rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the Beatles' main songwriters, Harrison, "the quiet Beatle," generally wrote or sang lead on a few songs per album. His later compositions included hits such as "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something." Harrison also penned "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which features what guest musician on lead guitar? More...
Quotation of the Day
Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

against the collar

Difficult, exhausting, or problematic. The phrase originates from the collar on a horse's harness, which tightens on the horse's neck when it travels uphill. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Kuwait National Day

This national holiday commemorates Kuwait's independence from Britain in 1961. Though internally governed by the Sabah family, Kuwait had had its foreign affairs handled by Britain since 1899. More...
In the News

World's Longest Prime Number Found

It took 1,000 computers 39 days to come up with the longest prime number yet known. It has 17,425,170 digits and is calculated by multiplying 2 by itself 57,885,161 times and then subtracting 1. Curtis Cooper, a computer science professor at the University of Central Missouri who collaborated on the discovery of two earlier record prime numbers, is credited with the latest find. He is so passionate about prime numbers that he already has the university's computers crunching numbers in search of an even higher one, a task that could take between five and seven years. More...
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