Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

nuptial

Definition:(adjective) Of or relating to a wedding.
Synonyms:bridal, spousal
Usage: My fiancé was less than thrilled when I suggested that we write our own nuptial vows.
Article of the Day

Abigail and Brittany Hensel

Shortly after conjoined twins Abigail and Brittany Hensel were born in 1990, doctors determined that there was little chance both girls would survive separation, so their parents elected not to attempt it. Now in their 20s, the twins were raised away from the media spotlight in Minnesota. They share a single torso and two legs, and though each controls one side of the body, they are able to coordinate their movements enough to swim, bike, and even drive. Who controls what behind the wheel? More...
This Day in History

North American Aerospace Defense Command Founded (1958)

North American Aerospace Defense Command, commonly abbreviated NORAD, is a bi-national command of the US and Canada that maintains the sovereignty of North American airspace by providing aerospace surveillance as well as warning and assessment of aerospace attacks. Headquartered deep inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, NORAD was formed in 1958 during the Cold War to provide security in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack. What false alarms have occurred since its inception? More...
Today's Birthday

Katharine Hepburn (1907)

Hepburn made her Broadway debut in 1928 and became a star with her first film, A Bill of Divorcement, in 1932. She brought a spirited individuality and strength of character to the screen in her roles in films such as Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, and The African Queen. She made eight films with her longtime partner Spencer Tracy, eventually starring in 43 films. No actress has ever won more Academy Awards than Hepburn. How many did she win? More...
Quotation of the Day
Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

extra pair of hands

Additional help or assistance provided by another person. More...
Today's Holiday

Cheung Chau Bun Festival (2016)

This festival is one of the most spectacular events in Hong Kong, celebrated only on Cheung Chau, one of the outlying islands. Three bamboo towers, up to about 60 feet high and covered with sweet pink and white buns, are dedicated to the spirits and intended to placate them. The buns placed highest in the towers are held to be the luckiest, and people climb up in a race to get them. In the highlight of the festival, the images of the temple gods are carried in a procession of lion and dragon dancers and children aged about five to eight, who seem to float above the procession. More...
In the News

"Social Jet Lag" Widening Waistlines

Following a different sleep schedule on weekdays and weekends disrupts circadian rhythms and could lead to weight gain. A recent study found that people with different weekday and weekend sleep schedules were significantly more likely to be overweight. There was also a correlation between the magnitude of sleep schedule discrepancy and body mass index. Sleep researchers are calling the discrepancy between the demands of one's social schedule and the desires of the body's internal clock "social jet lag" and compare the effects of irregular weekend sleep patterns to flying from Paris to New York on Friday nights only to make the return trip on Monday mornings. More...
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