Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

apiary

Definition:(noun) A place where bees and beehives are kept, especially a place where bees are raised for their honey.
Synonyms:bee house
Usage: She had started her apiary with a small capital, a book of practical hints, and a second-hand queen.
Article of the Day

The MiG-25

The Soviet built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 bomber and interceptor aircraft entered into service in 1970. With a top speed of Mach 3.2, powerful radar, and 4 air-to-air missiles, the MiG-25 was a formidable opponent. Before entering operational service, 4 MiG-25Rs were flown over Israel roughly 20 times. Israeli intelligence knew when these flights were scheduled but was unable to intercept the planes. The MiG-25s used during these bold missions were temporarily in the service of whose air force? More...
This Day in History

Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)

Henry was an American Revolutionary leader who gained a reputation as a skillful orator. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he delivered his famous speech in defense of liberty to the Virginia Convention in 1775, concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" The speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the assembly to pass a resolution to send Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Which future presidents were in the audience during the speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world's greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

canary in a coal mine

Something or someone who, due to sensitivity to his, her, or its surroundings, acts as an indicator and early warning of possible adverse conditions or danger. Refers to the former practice of taking caged canaries into coal mines. The birds would die if methane gas became present and thereby alert miners to the danger. More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Day

This national holiday is also known as Republic Day, and it is the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a Muslim country for Muslim Indians. On the same day in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic within the British Commonwealth. Pakistan Day is celebrated with parades and fairs. More...
In the News

New Alaska Butterfly Species May Hold Clues to Climate Change

A new species of butterfly could provide clues about Alaska's geological history and its changing climate, according to a University of Florida researcher. Research by lepidopterist Andrew Warren suggests that the newly discovered Tanana Arctic butterfly ... More...
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