Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 08, 2014)
Word of the Day

runoff

Definition:(noun) The occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity.
Synonyms:overflow, overspill
Usage: Our basement flooded with runoff from the nearby creek after the torrential downpour.
Article of the Day

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a boardsport on snow similar to skiing, but it came about as an idea for a combination of surfing and skateboarding. In 1998, it became a medal-eligible sport in the Winter Olympic Games. What are the different types of snowboarding? More...
This Day in History

US President Ronald Reagan Dubs the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

Reagan's strong anti-communist position, evident from the time he began his presidential career, was highlighted in a 1983 speech in which he referred to the USSR as an "evil empire." The phrase became common in Cold War rhetoric and has since entered popular culture, taking on a nearly iconic status. It has been used in a variety of contexts to refer to entities as varied as Wal-Mart and the British Empire. Before what group was Reagan speaking the first time he used the phrase "evil empire"? More...
Today's Birthday

André Michaux (1746)

Michaux was a French botanist who traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1785, the French government sent him to the US to spearhead the first organized investigation of North American plants that could be of use in France. His botanical journeys through the US lasted until 1796, and he recorded his studies in two books on North American botany—one of which is devoted to oaks. He also traveled to the Middle East, where he acquired what Babylonian artifact found near Baghdad? More...
Quotation of the Day
One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

International Women's Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn't proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In the former USSR, women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. In the United Kingdom and the United States, International Women's Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, and more, in praise of women. More...
In the News

Food Security Threatened by Globalized Diets

Traditional crops and diets around the globe are falling victim to globalization. Over the past five decades, diets have become 36 percent more similar. At the same time, farmers are increasingly giving up traditional crops, like cassava, sorghum, and millet, in favor of things like wheat, rice, soybeans, and sunflowers. This trend of cultivating less diverse food crops poses a threat to food security, as a single pest or disease has the potential to wipe out crops on a mass scale. Furthermore, though these staple crops have played a major role in combating hunger, they are also contributing to the rapid rise of obesity. More...
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