Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 13, 2011)
Word of the Day

umbrageous

Definition:(adjective) Affording or forming shade.
Synonyms:shadowed, shady
Usage: The chief beauty of trees consists in the deep shadow of their umbrageous boughs.
Article of the Day

Slugs, Parsecs, and Other Units of Measure

Sometimes, scientists use unusual units of measure when conventional units prove impractical. For example, in physics, a slug is the unit of mass that is accelerated at the rate of one foot per second per second when acted on by a force of one pound. In astronomy, a parsec is a unit of length for interstellar distances, equal to 206,265 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun—3.26 light-years or about 19 million million miles (3.08 × 1013 km). What are some other unusual units of measure? More...
This Day in History

Children Report Visions of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal (1917)

In 1917, three children were herding sheep in Fátima when, according to their story, the Virgin Mary appeared to them. They claimed that she continued to appear to them on the 13th of every month, relaying messages and prophesies. Word of the visions spread, and at one point, the children were arrested. Then, on October 13, thousands reported seeing the sun spin in the sky near Fátima, which became a pilgrimage site. Two of the children died before the age of 12. What happened to the third? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Theresa of Austria (1717)

Maria Theresa became Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Bohemia and Hungary upon the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Lacking a male heir, he had initiated the Pragmatic Sanction providing for female heirs to inherit the Habsburg property and throne. She married Emperor Francis I and bore him 16 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood. Two of their sons became emperors, and two of their daughters became queens. One queen was Marie Antoinette of France. Who was the other? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

in the unlikely event (that) (something) happens

If a very improbable outcome turns out to be the case. More...
Today's Holiday

International Bar-B-Q Festival (2017)

This is a two-day mouth-watering event in Owensboro, Kentucky, which calls itself the Bar-B-Q Capital of the World. In the course of the weekend, 10 tons of mutton, 5,000 chickens, and 1,500 gallons of burgoo are cooked and served. The barbecue-pit fires are lit on the banks of the Ohio River, and the chicken and meat—always mutton, not beef—is barbecued when the coals are red. Other events include arts and crafts exhibits, bluegrass and country music, street dancing, and contests of pie eating, keg throwing and horseshoe throwing. More...
In the News

Youngsters Can Recall Memories from Early Life

Young children are able to recall memories of events that occurred well before they turned two years old, but they have no recollection of these memories later in life. Experts interviewed 100 children between the ages of 4 and 13 and found that the younger ones could recall memories from as early as 18 months of age. Two years later, those same children described different, later events as their earliest memories and did not recall the earlier memories they had previously recounted, even when presented with prompts by interviewers. It is possible that this is caused by differences between the encoding of earlier memories and later ones. More...
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