Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 15, 2013)
Word of the Day

wallop

Definition:(verb) (Informal) To beat soundly; strike hard.
Synonyms:whack, wham, whop
Usage: The chef was so enraged that I feared she might wallop me over the head with her frying pan.
Article of the Day

Colchis

Colchis was an ancient country situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea in what is now the Republic of Georgia. In Greek legend, it was the home of Medea and the destination of Jason and the Argonauts. Though Greek trading posts were established there with the support of the native Colchians—whose ethnic composition is unclear—the land remained independent for hundreds of years. It was situated just outside of Alexander the Great's control. Who finally conquered Colchis in 100 BCE? 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
There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

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

Five-Organ Transplant Patient Has Healthy Baby Girl

In what is believed to be a medical first, a woman who previously underwent a five-organ transplant has given birth. In 2007, at the age of 19, Fatema Al Ansari was diagnosed with a condition that caused her abdominal organs to fail and necessitated the replacement of her liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine. Now 26, the Qatari woman is reveling in the joys of motherhood, something she once believed she would never have the opportunity to experience. It is rare for multi-organ transplant patients to go on to bear children, and never before has someone with five transplanted organs done so. More...
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