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

Samuel Colt Issued Patent for His Revolving Gun (1836)

Colt did not invent the revolver, but his design was the first practical, working version of one, and he developed assembly-line techniques that drove down manufacturing costs. Even so, securing funding for his novel production system proved difficult, and his fledgling company struggled and eventually folded. He then turned to work on underwater mines and telegraph lines. In 1847, Colt reestablished his gun manufacturing business after what famous lawman placed an order for 1,000 revolvers? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs (1918)

Riggs began playing tennis at the age of 11, won Wimbledon when he was 21, and became one of the top-rated male tennis players of the 1940s. He retired in the early 1950s and was largely forgotten until 1973, when he proclaimed men superior to women in athletics and came out of retirement to challenge two of the top female tennis players in the world. After beating Margaret Court, he played Billie Jean King in one of the most famous tennis events of all time, "The Battle of the Sexes." Who won? More...
Quotation of the Day
Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

he-man

A particularly strong, tough, and/or virile male, especially one who likes to flaunt his strength. More...
Today's Holiday

American Birkebeiner (2017)

The "Birkie" started in 1973 as a cross-country ski race from Hayward, Wisconsin, to the neighboring town of Cable, with only 35 skiers competing. Now it is the largest and most prestigious cross-country ski race in North America and attracts top skiers from all over the world. Other races held during the three-day festival include the Barnebirkie (for children) and the 10K Family Fun Ski. The American Birkebeiner is part of the Worldloppet, an international series of marathon races, and was patterned after the Birkebeiner Rennet in Lillehammer, Norway. 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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