Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

varsity

Definition:(noun) The principal team representing a university, college, or school in sports, games, or other competitions.
Synonyms:first team
Usage: She was determined to make the varsity basketball team and practiced her game all summer.
Article of the Day

The Eon of Earth's Formation

The Hadean geologic eon began when the Earth was formed an estimated 4.6 billion years ago and ended approximately 800 million years later. There remain few geological traces of this period on Earth, but toward the end of the 20th c, geologists identified a few rocks and zircon crystals that dated to the Hadean. The eon's name is derived from Hades, a Greek word now used as a synonym for hell, and may be a reference to the conditions on Earth at the time. How hot was Earth's surface then? More...
This Day in History

Nazis "Liquidate" Poland's Kraków Ghetto (1943)

In 1941, the Nazis ordered all remaining Jews in the Polish city of Kraków—15,000 of an original 68,000—to move into a walled-off district of the city, thereafter known as the Kraków ghetto. The systematic deportation of these Jews to concentration camps began in May 1942. On March 13 and 14, 1943, the deportation of 8,000 Jews to a nearby camp and the killing of 2,000 in the streets completed the Nazi's "liquidation" of the ghetto. What non-Jewish ghetto resident saved countless Jewish lives? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Eaton Travis (1904)

Travis was a Broadway and film performer who began her career at the age of 14 by joining the Ziegfeld Follies, the long-running annual Broadway revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate theatrical productions and chorus of beautiful women, known as the Ziegfeld Girls after the show's producer. Travis, who became one of the stars of the revue, lived to the age of 106 and was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. What did she do in the 74 years after her show-business career ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

broken record

A person or thing that repeats itself over and over again. Likened to vinyl records that when severely scratched (i.e., "broken") can loop over the same recorded segment endlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Canberra Day

Canberra, the capital city of Australia, was founded on March 12, 1913. Unusual in that it is one of the few world capitals planned from the ground up, the city and its giant ornamental pond, Lake Burley Griffin, were built out of a depression in a dusty plain about 200 miles southwest of Sydney. The city's founding celebration marks the end of the two-week Canberra National Multicultural Festival, an outdoor community event that encompasses everything from hot-air balloon rides and a car show to fireworks and musical performances. More...
In the News

Louisiana Black Bear, Inspiration for the Teddy Bear, Removed from Endangered List

Great news for the teddy bear! U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Thursday that the Louisiana black bear, which inspired the teddy bear, is being taken off the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. In a statement, the ... More...
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