Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 15, 2011)
Word of the Day

faint-hearted

Definition:(adjective) Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.
Synonyms:timid
Usage: Crupp...became within a few days so faint-hearted, that rather than encounter my aunt upon the staircase, she would endeavor to hide her portly form behind doors...or would shrink into dark corners.
Article of the Day

The Absent-Minded Professor

The absent-minded professor is a stock character in popular fiction, usually portrayed as an intelligent but bumbling academic whose focus on scientific matters causes him or her to lose track of the everyday world. Isaac Newton, Adam Smith, and Archimedes were all considered absent-minded professors by their contemporaries. What philosopher is said to have fallen down a well because he had his eyes focused on the heavens instead of the ground in front of him while walking at night? More...
This Day in History

First Commercial Internet Domain Name Registered (1985)

A domain name is an address of a computer, organization, or other entity on a network, such as the Internet, that follows TCP/IP communications protocol. Domain names must be unique on the Internet and must be assigned by a registrar accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They typically include the type and name of an organization and identify the specific host server at the address. The first commercial Internet domain name was registered in 1985. What was it? More...
Today's Birthday

Fabio Lanzoni (1959)

Widely known simply as Fabio, Lanzoni is an Italian male fashion model and actor who became famous for appearing on the covers of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has also written romance novels, including Pirate and Comanche, and is said to be the first best-selling male romance writer to publish under his own name rather than a pseudonym. Lanzoni has appeared in a number of commercials for a range of different products, and he has acted in what films? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

brood over

To worry anxiously or be despondent about something or someone, especially at great length and in isolation. More...
Today's Holiday

Buzzard Day

About 75 turkey vultures, also known as turkey buzzards, return to Hinckley, Ohio, each March 15 to spend the summer. Thousands of people celebrate them at the Hinckley Buzzard Day Festival, held since 1958 on the first Sunday after March 15. It features tours, hikes, and talks by naturalists at Metro Park, where the buzzards roost. The vultures' return was first documented by a park patrolman who logged their arrival date for 23 years. Why the birds return, however, isn't known. More...
In the News

Depressed New Dads More Likely to Spank Kids

A survey of new dads in the US has found that those who were depressed were nearly four times more likely to report spanking their children in the past month than those without symptoms. About 40 percent of depressed fathers said they had spanked their kids, compared to just 13 percent of fathers who were not depressed. Researchers are particularly troubled by their findings because the children involved in the study were only one year old. At such a young age, children are more easily injured and are unlikely to understand why they are being harmed. More...
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