Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 12, 2014)
Word of the Day

aegis

Definition:(noun) Protection.
Synonyms:auspices
Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis.
Article of the Day

Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a novel by Victor Hugo that focuses on the life of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict struggling to redeem himself. It examines the nature of good and evil, delving into French history, politics, moral philosophy, law, and the nature of love. Published in 1862, the novel helped make Hugo the most successful writer of his day. Now, more than 150 years later, the book and its many adaptations continue to resonate with the public. What did critics first think of it? 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
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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

Blood from Young Improves Memory in Old

Transfusing the blood plasma of young mice into older mice allowed them to perform better on tests of memory than their peers, suggesting that some factor or factors in the blood of the young can reverse certain aging processes. Researchers are now trying to identify which factors accomplish this and whether similar benefits would be seen in human trials. More...
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