Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

mettlesome

Definition:(adjective) Full of mettle; spirited and plucky.
Synonyms:spirited, game, gritty, spunky
Usage: Joe, being a mettlesome fellow, returned the stranger's angry glance with a steady look.
Article of the Day

Lake Baikal

At 12,160 sq mi (31,494 sq km), Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in Eurasia. It is also the world's deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 5,714 ft (1,742 m). Located in southern Siberia, the clear, oxygen-rich waters are home to a wide range of aquatic plants and creatures, including such unusual species as the world's only freshwater seal, and can sustain animal life more than 5,200 ft (1,600 m) below the surface. What percent of the world's surface freshwater is held in Lake Baikal? More...
This Day in History

The First Kentucky Derby (1875)

The Kentucky Derby is a classic US thoroughbred horse race. Established in 1875, it is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m). With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up US racing's coveted Triple Crown. In front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, the inaugural derby was won by jockey Oliver Lewis riding a colt named what? More...
Today's Birthday

Bartholomew Roberts (1682)

Now infamous as "Black Bart," Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the coasts of the Americas and West Africa in the 18th century, during the period known as the "Golden Age of Piracy." Considered the most successful pirate of the era, he is estimated to have captured more than 400 vessels in a matter of a few years—far more than some of the best-known pirates of his day, such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd. Roberts is one of the pirate captains mentioned in what famous pirate story? More...
Quotation of the Day
No country is so wild and difficult but men will make it a theater of war.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

feed (someone) to the wolves

To sacrifice someone to ruin, destruction, or hostility from others, especially for one's own benefit or survival. More...
Today's Holiday

Norway Constitution Day (Syttende Mai)

May 17, 1814, marks both Norway's declaration of independence from Sweden and the day on which its constitution was signed. This day remains the great spring festival in Norway, and today it is celebrated primarily by young people. The children's procession in Oslo, the capital city, is the largest of many school parades throughout the country. Marching behind their school bands and banners, the children pass under the balcony of the Royal Palace in salute to the king. Everyone joins in the procession, waving Norwegian flags. More...
In the News

Could Ancient Space Dust Reveal Mysteries of Earth's Early Atmosphere?

Specks of ancient space dust, preserved in limestone in Western Australia's Pilbara region, could upend current theories about the history of oxygen on Earth. By analyzing the chemistry of ancient micrometeorites, or microscopic flecks of meteor that are ... More...
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