Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 09, 2016)
Word of the Day

chophouse

Definition:(noun) A restaurant that specializes in steaks.
Synonyms:steakhouse
Usage: The best steak we ever ate was at a small chophouse in California.
Article of the Day

The Boy Who Sees with Sound

Most bats navigate the world and locate prey through the use of echolocation, a biological sonar process in which an animal emits a sound and then uses the resulting echoes to establish the locations and identities of nearby objects. Ben Underwood, who lost his eyes to cancer at the age of three, is one of the few people who has honed his own echolocation skills and uses the technique to determine the position, size, shape, and composition of objects near him. What sports does Underwood play? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces the "Mercury Seven" (1959)

Project Mercury was the first successful manned spaceflight program of the US. It ran from 1959 through 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the Earth. The first Americans to venture into space were drawn from a group of 110 military pilots chosen for their flight test experience and their satisfaction of certain physical requirements; seven were selected to be astronauts in April 1959 and were quickly dubbed the "Mercury Seven." How many of them went on to fly Mercury missions? More...
Today's Birthday

Jørn Utzon (1918)

Utzon was a Danish architect who, in 1957, won a competition to design Australia's Sydney Opera House, which was completed in 1973 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. Utzon is only the second architect in history to see his work assigned this status during his lifetime. In 1966, after designing the opera house's distinctive roof—a series of glittering white shell-shaped vaults—and spending nearly a decade on the project, Utzon was forced to resign mid-project. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

curb appeal

The external attractiveness of a building or property, such as can be viewed from the street (i.e., the curb). More...
Today's Holiday

Bataan Day (2016)

This is a national legal holiday in the Philippines, in commemoration of the disastrous World War II Battle of Bataan in 1942, in which the Philippines fell to the Japanese. It is also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, or Heroes Day. Also remembered on this date are the 37,000 US and Filipino soldiers who were captured, and the thousands who died during the infamous 70-mile "death march" from Mariveles to a Japanese concentration camp inland at San Fernando. Ceremonies are held at Mt. Samat Shrine, the site of side-by-side fighting by Filipino and American troops. More...
In the News

4-Year-Old Credited With Saving Mom's Life by Unlocking Her Phone and Calling for Help

A 4-year-old boy may have saved his mother's life when he managed to unlock her iPhone and call his father for help after he found her unconscious on Sunday night. Dr. Jeremy Vaughan was at his office when he received the frightening call from his ..." More...
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